Democratic primary in question after signatures deemed invalid – New York News

SCHENECTADY — A court will likely decide whether there will be a Democratic primary in this year’s City Council race.


Damonni Farley, 36, submitted petitions to force a primary against three party-backed incumbent City Council members. That effort has fallen just short for the time being, after the Schenectady County Board of Elections ruled that just more than half of his submitted signatures were valid, and he failed to meet the necessary threshold to get on the ballot as a result.

Peggy King, a former City Council president and a Democrat, filed an objection on behalf of the Democratic Party on Friday with the county Board of Elections. Her challenge stated 534 of Farley’s 1,149 signatures are invalid.

Darlene Harris and Amy Hild, the bipartisan commissioners of the county Board of Elections, ruled Wednesday that about 480 of the signatures were, in fact, invalid. Farley only had 671 legitimate signatures as a result, less than the 752 required of prospective Democratic candidates. The deadline for filing petitions for a primary has passed.

Farley indicated he would file a lawsuit to protest the ruling. He has until Monday to do so.

“It’s my obligation to the people who signed this petition to take it to the court,” he said, adding that he feels confident a court would validate enough signatures to secure his place on the Democratic ticket.

Many of Farley’s invalid signatures came from individuals who aren’t enrolled in the Democratic Party. Other invalid signatures resulted from signatories who aren’t registered at the address they printed on a petition or who don’t live in the…

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