2013-08-11 08:29:52 UTC
This is on the corner of 25th Street and Madison Avenue and is closest to the 23rd Street station of the number 6 train.
This appeal concerns the fact that Sloan and his candidates collected enough Republican signatures to be on the ballot, but they were kicked off the ballot on the ground that the signatures had not been witnessed by voters registered to vote as Republicans.
In other words, it was not sufficient that the persons who signed the petitions be Republicans. It was also a requirement that there be witnesses to the petitions who were registered to vote as Republicans too.
This unusual rule obviously interferes with the First Amendment Constitutional right "To Petition the Government".
Judge Paul Wooten who heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court said that he lacked jurisdiction to rule on the Constitutional Claim, and therefore did not rule on it.
Almost everyone is surprised to learn that this appeal will be argued on August 13 when appeals normally take years. This is because Election Appeals are placed on a fast track. Because the election is coming up soon and once the election is held and the votes counted the results cannot be changed, election cases go very fast, giving enough time for the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals to hear these cases before the election takes place.
There are reports of other cases coming from The Bronx that will be argued on the same day. Also, any election cases from Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island will be held in the Appellate Division, Second Department in Downtown Brooklyn on the same day.
Since these cases affect the rights of all voters to vote and participate in these elections, we welcome any amicus briefs that anybody wants to file favoring reversal so that these candidates can be put back on the ballot.