Dutchess County Supreme Court Justice Christine Sproat has overturned the decision of the Dutchess County Board of Elections (BOE) to invalidate election petitions for candidates running for seats on the City of Poughkeepsie Democratic Committee.
Candidates impacted by the BOE decision will now be able to have their names on the September 12th Primary ballot: Warren Jones, Lula Mae Parker, Victoria Cave, Lorraine Johnson, Terriciena Brown, Henry Cutler, Herman Wilson, Randall Johnson II, Gwen Johnson and Randy Johnson.
The deadline to submit petitions to be included on the ballot was July 13th. After that, the Board of Elections began the process of validating the petitions. On July 20th, BOE Commissioners Erik Haight and Marco Caviglia released a statement that the petitions drafted by Randall Johnson, Sr. for candidates seeking seats on the city’s Democratic Committee were rejected based on the wording of the petitions.
Randall Johnson and Dr. Henry Cutler challenged the BOE decision in court leading to Monday’s decision by Justice Sproat.
Speaking outside the Dutchess County Courthouse after the ruling, Johnson and Cutler made the following statements:
The Dutchess County Board of Elections commissioners were not available before the close of business Monday afternoon for comment.
Correction: An earlier version of this story included former BOE Commissioner Fran Knapp as one of 14 litigants in this court challenge. There are 10 litigants and Ms. Knapp is not one of them. Knapp’s petition has been invalidated by the Dutchess County BOE.