Working Families Party Is Acorn

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: Acorn |

By James V. Franco and Tom Caprood
The Record

TROY — A state Supreme Court judge threw out 33 absentee ballots in the Sept. 15 Working Families Party primary and found that “testimony and affidavits reveal significant election law violations that have compromised the rights of numerous voters and the integrity of the election process …”

Judge Michael Lynch, after hearing testimony from duped voters yesterday, in a nine-page, widely expected decision, also ruled that two ballots can be counted, which will not affect the outcome of any race in the City of Troy, and found that seven questionable applications did not have a corresponding ballot.

To read the decision click here.

The scandal began to unravel when 34 absentee ballots were returned to the county Board of Elections the day before the primary. Bob Mirch, the city Department of Public Works commissioner and majority leader on the county Legislature, hired and investigator who collected affidavits from voters — some of who stated they signed the application but never got a ballot while others claim they never even saw an application and that their signature was forged.

Read more in the Troy Record


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