Candidates file petitions

— Democrat hopefuls in the 110th Assembly race are officially candidates after submitting designating petitions with enough signatures to get on the Sept. 13 primary ballot. Candidates for Albany County District Attorney also got their signatures in by the Thursday, July 12, due date.

Now, it’s a waiting game.

Albany County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Rachel Bledi said candidates have three days from the filing of petitions to file a general objection against another candidate’s petitions in an attempt to have signatures deemed invalid. She said the board should know by the end of this week whether or not any objections have been filed.

“The onus is on the opponents to go through the signatures,” said Bledi. “In order for us to rule that a petition is invalid, an aggrieved voter or candidate from that district would have to file an objection.”

Bledi said the only time commissioners would invalidate a signature without a formal objection filed is if it’s defective, meaning there’s a “glaring” error.

“We haven’t yet sat down to discuss and review them,” said Bledi.

Candidates need a minimum of 500 signatures to qualify for the Democratic or Republican lines, 210 signatures to qualify for the Independence line, 67 signatures to qualify for the Conservative line and 12 to qualify for the Working Families line.

The newly redrawn 110th District includes the towns of Colonie and Niskayuna and part of the City of Schenectady. According to the New York State Board of Elections, the 110th has a total of 29,243 registered Democrats, 24,447 registered Republicans, 4,194 registered Independents, 1,333 registered Conservatives and 232 registered Working Families Party members.

Democrat Kevin Frazier, former aide to Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, submitted 2,575 total signatures from voters across the district, with 2,208 being from Democrats and 367 from Independents. More than 1,000 Democratic signatures were gathered in Colonie with 856 and 340 collected in Schenectady and Niskayuna, respectively.

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