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No primary for Steuben County Coroner: One candidate off ballot after submitting nearly 300 invalid petition signatures

The Steuben County Board of Elections removed candidate Mark Resue’s from the Republican ballot for County Coroner after finding almost 300 of the candidate’s petition signatures to be invalid.

On April 8, the other candidate for Steuben County Coroner- current Corning City Police Chief Jess Spaulding- filed an objection to challenge the signatures on Resue’s petition, according to WETM. With only one Republican candidate left in the race, there will be no primary election for the position.

Each candidate must collect 1,000 signatures to secure their place on the ballot. Resue, a current Corning City Councilman, reportedly submitted 1,254 signatures, though the Board of Elections found 291 of those signatures to be invalid. The loss of signatures put Resue at 963 petition signatures in total- not enough to secure his place on the ballot.

Problems with Resue’s petition signatures include: signatures not from registered Republicans, multiple signatures in one box, incorrectly labeling municipalities as cities or towns, printed signatures, misidentifying addresses’ municipalities and signatures dated the same date as Spaulding petition’s filing.

You can find the Board’s ruling and review of Resue’s signatures here.