Watertown’s lawyer weighs in on mayoral ballot controversy

Ballot for Watertown mayor primary
Ballot for Watertown mayor primary
Updated: Jul. 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown's lawyer says there should be 3 names on the November ballot in the city's mayoral race.

Robert Slye tells 7 News his advice to city councilmembers, if they want to take action, is to ask for Jeff Smith, Cody Horbacz and Allison Crossman to all be on the ballot for mayor this fall.

Slye’s opinion comes as the Jefferson County Board of Elections stands at a stalemate on what to do after Horbacz and Crossman tied for second place in June’s primary election.

Smith was the top vote-getter.

Slye adds that if all 3 names aren’t on the ballot, his opinion is that city residents are effectively being denied the opportunity to vote.

City Manager Rick Finn could not confirm that a resolution is being drafted for Monday’s city council meeting.

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