There will be an SCLP meeting, Tuesday, November 25th, at the Hauppauge Palace Diner at 7PM.
Gigi Bowman, with the help of Gary Donoyan and the support of Gubernatorial Candidate Michael McDermott, has WON her case to remain on the ballot in State Senate District 5, on the North Shore of Long Island.
Gary Donoyan, attorney for Bowman, said: “Senator Marcellino’s petition failed to meet the very strict requirements for timely service that everyone else must meet. We are grateful to the Third Department for upholding the law and reversing the decision of the Nassau Supreme Court. I would also like to thank Candidate Michael McDermott for attending every hearing in both Nassau and Albany, and his complete support of Gigi Bowman and my efforts on her behalf.”
Chris Garvy, attorney and Libertarian Candidate many times over, explains the convoluted and biased process to get and remain on the ballot:
The NY Ballot Access Laws are designed to protect the Party Bosses from competition.
The Bi-partisan Board of Elections is:
a person appointed by the Republican Party Boss, and
a person appointed by the Democrat Party Boss.
No one represents any smaller parties.
If you sue the Board, the Judge who will decide your case is nominated & cross-endorsed every 7 years by the same Party Bosses.
To get on the ballot, you must collect as many as 15,000 valid signatures for some offices.
Thousands of signatures must be collected in just six weeks.
To better your odds of surviving an objection, you should try to double the number of signatures.
In Nassau, the local board refused, for weeks of the brief petition period, to advise candidates what the minimum number was.
Signatures are subject to disqualification for any of many picayune “problems”, that have nothing to do with forgery.
Signatures are invalidated by, among other things:
a correction not initialed,
a correction not dated,
a thick line in a letter or number,
signature variations that occur when signing on a clipboard,
using your village, hamlet, or post office in your address, instead of the required naming of:
your town in some places, or
your city in other places, or
your county in New York City,
a correction in a witness statement,
an overwrite in a witness statement,
a crossout in a witness statement,
a thick line in a letter or number in a witness statement,
not tallying the number of signatures on the page,
a petition page not sequentially page numbered,
volume cover doesn’t meet with format preferred by local board (which is not posted on the local Board’s website),
not meeting local guidelines (which are not posted on the local Board’s website),
Witnesses have been disqualified for errors and oversights.
I’ve spoken to candidates, who have been intimidated into withdrawing, by threats of vote fraud charges relating to witness errors. Most innocent people fear the hazard and expense of criminal charges, despite their actual innocence.
In two elections, local government officials have declared the long-existing apartments of Libertarian candidates to be illegal, within days of petitions being filed.
Any voter in your election can object your petitions, so you don’t know who is really behind the objection.
If the Board of Elections decides on Tuesday that the Objection is valid, they advise you with a one-page letter, mailed first-class Tuesday night. Details of their decision are not included.
You have till Friday (that’s 3 days from when they make that decision, which might be days before you actually receive the decision) to:
obtain copies of their work sheets, which they won’t let you copy,
determine where they are wrong,
write a lawsuit called a Petition, specifying “with particularity” the hundreds of errors the Board made,
File the Petition with the County Clerk, with a $305 fee,
go to Supreme Court, find a judge, and obtain a signed show cause order,
Serve that order:
on all the possibly many objectors (who often deliberately make themselves scarce), and
on the Board of Elections, who won’t open their doors after 5 PM.
Your Supreme Court Judge is nominated & cross-endorsed every 7 years by said Party Bosses. If the Party Bosses don’t nominate the Judge at the end of his current term, he becomes unemployed.
If your Judge can find a procedural reason to dismiss your case, he doesn’t need to review the hundreds or thousands of signatures in question.
NY Election Law wastes more court time, on election cases, than does any other state.
NJ only requires payment of a small fee to get on the ballot. NJ doesn’t have a “crowded” or “confusing” ballot. But, the NY Boards of Election often design deliberately confusing ballots to disadvantage opponents of the incumbents.
When a system often results in one-candidate elections, it has overshot it’s stated goal of avoiding “confusing” ballots, and is being used to effectively eliminate democracy.
As a result of NY’s Ballot Access laws, in 2013, as in 2009, there were three County elections in Suffolk that have only one candidate on the ballot.
NY Election Law is really designed to eliminate the voters’ choices, and to thereby protect the Party Bosses, and their anointed candidates, from competition by better candidates. Eliminating voter choice is the real purpose of NY Election Laws, and is the actual result.
You might know me. You might have seen me this summer standing in front of Supermarkets with my loving husband asking for your signature to get on the ballot. You may have seen me at every festival from Northport to Glen Cove. You may have seen me at the farmers markets handing out “Save the Bee” stickers and trying to awaken you to the issues of GMO food and Common Core Education. You may have heard me talk about repealing the NY Safe Act and standing up for the Constitution.You may be one of the 5,191 signatures I received from people who after talking to me decided that I should be a choice on the ballot on November 4, 2014 –the 11th Anniversary of the day my daughter took her life due to Pharmaceutical medication she never should have been prescribed and the reason I do what I do -to save another parent the heartache I have lived through.
You may be one of the 5,191 people who spoke to me about their own children and Big Pharma or how your family is coping with the GMO food issue or the vaccine issue or the smart meter issue or the loss of liberty and the red light and speed cameras and your child dealing with Common Core and the countless other issues we’re all dealing with day after day on Long Island while paying the highest taxes in the country. Yes, you may be one of those people who signed my petition and thanked me for running for office and wished me luck…or said to me “Sure, everyone has a right to be on the ballot” or “Everyone has a right to run for office”. Maybe you are one of 5,191 people that I spoke to personally that WANTED ME TO BE ON THE BALLOT!
And maybe, just maybe……. Party politics is a disgrace in this country and it culminates in the District 5, Long Island, New York, Republican Party where they decided they didn’t want any competition from a woman who has stood on corners day after day, month after month for years holding signs and trying to awaken people to issues. They didn’t want competition from a woman who runs an organization, Save Long Island, that shows films and has speakers to talk about the very issues she planned on fighting the government for the very people who are being affected by them–who may have signed the petition to get me on the ballot.
Maybe, just maybe the same people who voted to infringe on the constitution, who voted to allow Common Core education, who vote to mandate vaccines that go virtually untested to support their Big Pharma money habit, who keep you from knowing what you’re eating so they can protect corporations, who voted to infringe on the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, who lie, cheat, and pat each other on the back in all their hypocrisy are the very people who have decided to make sure I don’t get on the ballot by challenging ALL 5,191 signatures as FRAUDULENTLY Obtained!?
Not one, but THREE different people have been “used” by the Republican party to keep me off the ballot so that I don’t upset the apple cart known as NY Politics where there is no difference between Republicans or Democrats and where they work together to keep their cushy jobs with no term limits and lifetime benefits so that they can rub shoulders, attend luncheons, ribbon cuttings and parades and have “environmental photo contest” while our liberties keep being infringed upon because they all want to be the next “rock-star” and come up with the newest bill/law that will be sure to generate more money in their pockets and less in yours. But you signed my petition and you heard me out and you wanted me to be on the ballot, yet–the people in the Republican Party are saying you can’t have your way–as they say time and time again.
Never forget who they are and what they do. As your children get tortured by the corporations who fund these unethical immoral “suits” and your future on Long Island is looking bleaker and bleaker –remember that you took a moment to sign a petition to get a mother, an activist and an ordinary citizen on the ballot so that YOU could have a choice and that “party” politics would not have it because, in the end, they are not here for your best interest. They are here to line their own pockets and proclaim their own power over …..YOU.
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