The State Board of Elections has voted to disqualify the Libertarian Party candidate for the 20th Congressional District, Eric Sundwall, from the election, just a week from the election. They did so after an investigation found four thousand of his ballot access signatures invalid.
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ALBANY — The state Board of Elections voted today to disqualify the Libertarian Party candidate in race for the vacant 20th congressional district, less than a week before Tuesday’s special election.
The board removed Libertarian Eric Sundwall of Niverville, Columbia County, after an investigation determined nearly 4,000 of his petition signatures were invalid. He was left with 2,944 valid voter signatures, short of the 3,500 needed to be on the ballot.
Sundwall was considered a long shot in a contentious race between major-party candidates Jim Tedisco of Schenectady, Republican leader in the state Assembly, and entrepreneur Scott Murphy of Glens Falls, Warren County, a Democrat. Tedisco appears on the GOP and Conservative Party lines, and Murphy will be on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party lines.
The candidates are vying for the seat left empty when Gov. David Paterson appointed then-U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as a U.S. senator. Hillary Clinton had vacated that office to become President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Gillibrand’s office has been vacant since Jan. 27.
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