BOE invalidates Malick’s independent Senate petitions

State election commissioners have voided Democratic Senate candidate Pramilla Malick’s independent petition for the 42nd Senate District after ruling that more than a third of the 3,342 signatures she submitted were invalid.

The elimination of 1,193 signatures left Malick with 2,149, below the 3,000-name minimum she needed to run on a “Stop Corruption Party” ballot line in November, state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin said on Wednesday. Malick has until Friday to file a court case if she wants to contest the ruling.

Malick, a Minisink environmental activist, is competing on Thursday with Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger for the Democratic nomination for the Senate race. The independent line would have given Malick a second ballot line in November is she won the primary or kept her in the race if she lost. She had said in a debate with Metzger before the Times Herald-Record editorial board last week that she would drop the “Stop Corruption” line – and avert a three-candidate race – if she lost the Democratic primary, but only if Metzger “makes commitments that make sure that our community gets justice.”

Metzger, who already has the Working Families and Women’s Equality ballot lines, pledged to support Malick if she wins and proposed they hold a “unity rally” after the primary. The Democratic nominee will face Republican Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt on Nov. 6 in a race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. John Bonacic of Mount Hope.

Metzger’s campaign said in a press release that 743 people whose signatures were invalidated on Malick’s “Stop Corruption” petition didn’t live in the 42nd District – parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties and all of Sullivan – or weren’t registered to vote. “We decided to file an objection when it became clear that signatures of people not registered to vote in our district were being submitted to meet the minimum legal requirement,” said Kelleigh McKenzie, Metzger’s campaign manager.

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