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NY State Supreme Court rules in favor of local initiative circuilators

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January 14, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

ALBANY, New York: The New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of Upstate initiative activists who had their petitions challenged for a local referendum.[1]

The group of activists from Saratoga Springs sued Saratoga County elections authorities over the requirement that initiative petitions have to be fastened together. The petitions were fastened by a binder clip, but an elections clerk testified that the group did not fasten them properly when submitting the petitions. The court dismissed Saratoga County's challenge saying that election officials were required to offer activists the chance to re-fasten their petitions in order to qualify the initiative.[1]

The petitions were to change the City of Saratoga Springs from a commission-based government to a city manager form of government.[1]

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