Montgomery County Board of Elections rules on two petition challenges

Two decisions on objections raised in regards to petitions filed for Montgomery County elections were issued by the board of elections last week. Jacob Aison submitted an objection against candidate for Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski ‘s petition for the Republican, Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Reform, and Women’s Equality party lines, in regards to a discrepancy between her residential address and voter registration address. The board of elections ruled the petition was still valid and stated while a candidate must reside at the address shown on her petition, there is no requirement that the candidate be registered to vote at the same residence.

Incumbent Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Legislator Joe Isabel submitted an objection to the petition of challenging Republican candidate David Nelson. The board decided that Nelson’s petition is invalid due to an insufficient number of valid signatures and is therefore ineligible to appear on the Republican line for the county legislator position on the ballot this fall.

According to the board of election’s statement, if either party in the objection do not agree with the decision, judicial proceedings for the matter must have started before July 28. Democratic Deputy Commissioner Caroline Swartz said this morning that to her knowledge, there were no judicial proceedings at this time.

Tim Becker

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