Controversy continues over Niagara Falls | election The Politics of the Buffalo Politics

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  Controversy continues over Niagara Falls | election  The Politics of the Buffalo Politics

The commissioners – Democrat Lora A. Allen and acting GOP Commissioner Michael P. Carney – at first agreed that the unaffiliated voter’s affidavit was invalid, and they split on the validity of the three Democrats’ ballots.

Carney said Allen told him he wasn’t allowed to change his ruling. Carney said he’s checking with the county attorney on that. Allen did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Legislature, which currently has a 10-5 GOP majority, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to schedule a public hearing on an amendment to its law on filling Legislature vacancies.

When commissioners disagree, a disputed ballot is set aside for three business days, to give either candidate a chance to file a lawsuit. So far, no one has, which apparently means the ballots could be opened as soon as Monday.

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  • However, county Democratic Chairman Chris Borgatti contended Sunday that the unaffiliated voter moved out of the 6th District, so her vote should be discarded.

  • However, Carney said Sunday he later changed his mind and decided the unaffiliated woman’s vote is valid, although a mail check card from the U.S Postal Service said she moved.

The law currently says the full Legislature votes on a replacement, without regard to the party affiliation of the previous legislator, when a vacancy occurs for a reason other than an expiration of a term. The law is to be amended to include a tied election as another reason to appoint a legislator.