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Silverstein now one signature short

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

* I tipped subscribers to this very real possibility earlier today…

The hearing officer approved a signature that was actually a duplicate and approved two more that apparently shouldn’t have been.

It looks like Silverstein is off to the courts.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:11 pm:

    So it looks like the case is being sent back to the hearing officer with 13 affidavits - does this mean he only needs to find one valid for Ira to be on the ballot?

  2. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    This hearing officer may not make the grade for the next round of electoral board hearings.

  3. - Baloneymous - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    Two over. Now 1 short. Are NFL refs calling this?

  4. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    I have tried to find on my own, but keep coming up empty. What,when and why was the petition process started? Why are numbers different for independent candidates?

  5. - Rahm's Parking Meter - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    It’s another day of “As Ira’s signatures Turn!”
    This is on the City BOE though… Not professional.

  6. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:22 pm:

    I prefer the British system - you put down a deposit but if you don’t get at least 10% of the vote you lose your money.

  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    Following in the footsteps of one of the Republicans who wanted to succeed Sen. Pam Althiff.

  8. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    Ira, you’re really not picking up what karma is laying down for you.

    Go away.

  9. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    Dude just withdraw from this race and retire when your term expires. You’ve got 20 years in just move on.

  10. - Responsa - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    He has so many good reasons and has had so many chances to walk away quietly and gracefully. It’s hard to imagine why he would think going to court would be the best course at this point.

  11. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:53 pm:

    1) “why was the petition process started?”

    1a) Courts have found a legitimate state interest in “[reducing] the electoral process to manageable proportions by confining ballot positions to a relatively small number of candidates who have demonstrated initiative and at least a minimal appeal to eligible voters” and in promoting “some sort of order, rather than chaos.”

    And the U.S. Supreme court held that “laundry list” ballots serve to “discourage voter participation and confuse and frustrate those who do participate.”

    It is in the interests of some sort of order, rather than chaos, that signature requirements force candidates “to demonstrate a minimum of public support so that the citizens can choose their public officials in an orderly electoral process.”

    In other words, if you can’t collect enough good signatures, you weren’t a serious candidate anyway.

    2) “Why are numbers different for independent candidates?”

    2a) The legislature decided that the threshold for seriousness was higher for independent candidates.

    Also it keeps ‘em off the ballot.

    – MrJM

  12. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 1:57 pm:

    The actual reason the independent signature requirement is so high is to keep independents off the ballot.

    The justification is that they get to go directly onto the General Election ballot while Dem & GOP candidates need to win a primary and will have a plethora of primary voters expressing their desire for them to be on the November ballot, so Independent candidates need to show a higher level of public support before they are let on the ballot (the higher signature requirement is considered to be a substitute to the primary in terms of a show of community support).

  13. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    I wrote yesterday and still believe that the best way to remove Ira from office is at the ballot box.

    However, there are some very good points being made here supporting the petitions argument, especially by MrJM. Thanks for broadening my perspective.

  14. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    Senator, follow your dignity and get lost.

  15. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    Senator, get lost and look for your dignity.

  16. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 2:28 pm:

    MrJM. Thanks.

  17. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    The fat lady is warming up backstage.

  18. - walker - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    Maybe Silverstein needs to hire Peraica. /s

  19. - old time golfer - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    -Walker- Now thats funny but true

  20. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 7:31 pm:

    I guess Ira was distracted…sometimes, bowing out gracefully is very much called for…

  21. - 50th Ward Democrat - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 7:59 pm:

    Seems like all the hearing officer has to do is explain why he did not accept those 13 affidavits…one would assume he has a reasonable explanation and would want to defend this part of his recommendation given that he was overruled on other parts of his recommendation.

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