Lalor Wins At Board of Elections, Energy Security Now! Party On The Ballot
Iraq Vet and Congressional candidate Kieran Michael Lalor announced today that the New York State Board of Elections unanimously adopted the hearing officer's recommendation that the petitions submitted for the Energy Security Now! party are sufficient. Energy Security Now! is a third party ballot line Lalor started to focus on a comprehensive, common sense energy policy.
After nearly three weeks spent intensively pouring over the more than 6,200 signatures the Lalor campaign collected to earn the ballot line, the Board's determination is a validation of the campaign's hard work and dedication.
Initially, the Hall campaign denied that they were behind the challenge to Lalor's Energy Security Now! signatures. The September 3rd edition of the Poughkeepsie Journal quoted Hall spokesman Meaghan Smith as stating, "John Hall for Congress wasn't the one that filed the objections." But the Hall campaign was caught in a lie when the Journal reported on September 4th that "The Hall campaign confirmed Wednesday A. Joshua Ehrlich, an attorney hired by Hall, signed out to review the original petitions of Lalor's Energy Security Now! Party."
On September 9th Ehrlich appeared at a court hearing on the signature matter. Ehrlich also represented the objectors at a Board of Elections hearing on September 12th.
Said Lalor, "This entire process reveals a lot about the dishonest nature of the Hall campaign. Hall doesn't want this election to be a referendum on energy policy because his incomplete and irresponsible energy policy is contrary to the will of a majority of Hudson Valley voters."
Hall was able to invalidate some signatures using arcane election rules that serve only to protect incumbents and the professional political class against challenges from citizens who want change. For example, if a veteran who resides at the New York state Veterans Home at Montrose signed the petition and used his Montrose mailing address, Hall invalidated the signature because outdated election laws recognize only the town of Cortlandt of which Montrose is a part. Similarly, Hall invalidated signatures of voters from West Point who logically used their West Point mailing address rather than Highlands as required by the bizarre election laws.
Said Lalor, "Hall's invalidation of veteran and military personnel signatures is yet another clear indication that Hall's concern for veterans and our issues is driven exclusively by his political ambition."
On the November 4th ballot Kieran Michael Lalor will be on the Republican, Conservative and Energy Security Now! lines.