Burke, Hassig Kicked Off Ballot In Congressional Race

MGN Online


The state Board of Elections has voted to kick two candidates off the primary ballot for the 21st Congressional District.

Officials determined 175 signatures on Democratic candidate Stephen Burke's petition are invalid.

This means there will be no primary between him and fellow Democrat Aaron Woolf.

Burke had submitted 1,291 signatures, 41 more than were required.

However, with the challenges upheld, he had only 1,116 signatures remaining. 

Burke has promised a legal challenge and says he'll head to court on Monday.

The Board of Elections also rejected the petitions of Green Party candidate Don Hassig because they failed to arrive at the board by the required deadline. 

Hassig mailed the petitions the day before the deadline, but because they did not arrive on time, the board rejected them. 

Hassig tells 7 News he is unsure if he will challenge the board's decision, which he says was based on the letter of the law, rather than fairness.    

Matt Funiciello avoids a Green Party primary now that Hassig's petitions are out.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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