October 2, 2007
Court Orders New Primary Election for Hastings and Parish GOP Seats
State Supreme Court Judge James McCarthy has ordered that new primary elections for two Oswego County Republican Committee seats be conducted Oct. 23. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. for voters in Parish District 1 and Hastings District 8.
The judge also ruled to accept the number of votes cast on Primary Day in the Conservative Party primary for Town Supervisor in the Town of Granby. Kathy Duncan received 10 votes and Edward Williamson received two votes.
On Sept. 18 Oswego County Elections Commissioners Donald Wart and William Scriber requested that the court seal voting machines and impound paper ballots in the three local primary elections because errors in the way machines were set up may have prevented voters from voting their choices. The errors were discovered after polls opened and were corrected within three hours.
The results of the three races remained sealed until recanvassing was completed and the results were submitted to the court.
In the Conservative Party primary for Granby Town Supervisor, the election commissioners found that 18 Conservative voters signed in at the polls. A total of 12 votes were cast in the supervisor primary. Therefore, the commissioners stated and the court agreed, that the outcome of the race was not affected.
Errors on the voting machines could have mathematically affected the outcome of the two County Republican Committee primaries in Parish District 1 and Hastings District 8. In those cases, the commissioners requested and the court agreed, that the elections be conducted again.
“We realized there was a malfunction or human error on Primary Day, and we took proactive steps to protect the integrity of the elections,” said the commissioners. “We requested the court to intervene because want to make sure that people's right to vote is guaranteed.”
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