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Objections to Duve independent petitions specified

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CANTON — An Ogdensburg resident has filed objections to more than 500 of the signatures on independent petitions filed with the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections by District Attorney Nicole M. Duve.

Ms. Duve, a Democrat who is seeking re-election, is opposed by Republican Mary E. Rain.

Edward V. Martin Jr. filed the challenge to Ms. Duve’s petitions earlier but turned in specific objections Tuesday.

Mr. Martin’s objections apply to more than one-third of the signatures on Ms. Duve’s independent petitions, which list 1,734 names. She needs 1,500 signatures for the petitions to be valid.

The Board of Elections has not set a deadline to rule on the objections, but will begin the review shortly, Democratic Election Commissioner Jennie H. Bacon said.

Mr. Martin’s multi-page objection cites a number of reasons signatures should be tossed. They include duplicate signatures with Ms. Duve’s Democratic petition or Ms. Rain’s Republican petition, signer is not registered at the address listed on the petition, signature is illegible, date is written over without the signer’s initials, roads listed are nonexistent, incomplete or missing, unclear dates, signer registered in a different county, signers who used a shortened version of their name, such as Dick for Richard or an initial for their first name, a nonexistent person, unregistered individuals, a signer who printed her name, signers who were also the witness to the petition, and improper towns.

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