Board of Elections rules on petition

FONDA — The Montgomery County Board of Elections ruled Monday that the Conservative Party’s petition to allow write-in candidates on the ballot for the fall for the county sheriff’s race is invalid.

Election commissioners indicated in a news release issued Monday that the Conservative Party “opportunity to ballot” petition — objected to by Cheryl Reese, 499 Oldick Rd, Fort Plain — was ruled invalid.

The ruling stated that 42 signatures appear on the Conservative OTB petition, which is eight more than the total required signatures of 34. The commissioners ruled on 16 of 25 specific objections filed. Three objections were withdrawn by the objector. Commissioners unanimously ruled that nine objections were sustainable. With nine signatures being ruled invalid, it rendered the petition invalid for insufficient signatures.

“It was determined to not proceed with the remaining nine objections as further ruling was not necessary,” the release said.

A two-way race for sheriff still remains in the Nov. 6 general election to fill the seat of retiring Sheriff Michael Amato.

Republican Jeffrey T. Smith faces Democrat James Glorioso Jr. Smith’s name will also appear on the Conservative, Independence and Reform parties’ lines. Glorioso’s name will also appear on the Woman’s Equality and Working Families parties’ lines.

By Patricia Older

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