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Rockland County, NY - Local Residents Petition State Supreme Court To Nullify 2014 Ramapo Ward Referendum Vote

Published on: September 16, 2015 05:29 PM
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Ramapo, NY - Three Ramapo residents are asking the New York state Supreme Court to nullify the results of the town’s September 2014 ward referendum vote due to misconduct by town officials and “reasonable concern” that a large number of unregistered votes were obtained “improperly.”

LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1NCF6Sa) reports that the Sept. 30 vote—-which was a referendum on whether to elect Town Board members by district and also add two additional members—-was defeated, but the final tallies showed that the 1,850 votes cast by unregistered voters through affidavits were the difference makers in defeating the measure.

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In their petition, local residents and pro-referendum advocates Deborah Seidman-Munitz, Michael Parietti, and Robert Romanowski charge that town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and his town hall staff, along with local ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders, improperly conducted themselves in obtaining the votes.

The petition states that the number of unregistered votes—-which are legal in New York town elections—-are so skewed against the number of actual “registered voters” that it “raises reasonable concern” that the final results were “neither fair nor honest.”


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