Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:27

Ballot trouble

Petition problems threaten some candidates; some candidates have already been disqualified to be on the ballot. The cut-off date for candidates to turn in their nominating petitions with the required number of valid signatures has come and gone. Besides the risk of not having enough legible, properly registered voter signatures on their petitions, several candidates are facing legal challenges (to have them disqualified) based on information printed on the petition itself.

State law prohibits altering the header on petitions used to gather voter signatures. Angel Pena, who was running in the 2nd Congressional District, has already lost a court battle that tossed him from the ballot because his name was ‘altered’ in the heading on his petitions.

Other candidates, who are incumbent State Reps Sharon Clahchischilliage and Kelly Fajardo, are also facing court challenges over similar ‘petition header’ issues. With 5 open House seats on the ballot already (an incumbent is not on the ballot), the possibility of more incumbents being disqualified over technical matters on their nominating petitions could have a significant impact on the primary and general election results this year. Read more HERE.

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