Updated 07/22/2011 06:56 AM
Conservative Party controversy in Dutchess County
There's a controversy brewing in Dutchess County where one political party is learning it might not appear on the ballot this November. Our Christian Farrell has more.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.-- The Dutchess County Board of Elections has a dilemma on its hands - a political party problem. The county's Conservative Party is in jeopardy of being left off the ballot in November because it was a day late in submitting paperwork, an authorization form naming its party backed candidates.
"The authorization form is a document that gets filed for a candidate that is not a member of that party," said Dutchess County Elections Commissioner Erik Haight.
For example, Marc Molinaro is a candidate for county executive. Molinaro is a Republican, but the Conservative Party is also backing him. But because the party didn't notify Board of Elections officials on time, he may not appear on the Conservative line as well. However, Republican Elections Commissioner Haight said filing a day late isn't such a big deal.
"I don't think that the apparent tardiness of this document should prevent all the Conservatives in Dutchess County from having a county-wide candidate for any office, whether it be county executive, district attorney, sheriff, county clerk," said Haight.
According midhudsonnews.com, Democratic Elections Commissioner Frances Knapp,
who declined our request for an interview, apparently believes missing the deadline is a big deal. According to the Mid-Hudson News, Knapp plans to rule against the late filing.
"I might add that Daniel French, who is running for county executive on the Democratic line, is Mrs. Knapp's deputy commissioner, which I believe poses a conflict of interest for her," said Haight.
French's campaign manager has filed an objection to the late documentation submitted by the Conservative Party. Now it's up to the two elections commissioners to settle this dispute. They're expected to discuss the issue further in the next couple of days.