The Watertown mayor’s race is turning out to be a violation of the voters’ rights. Yes, we understand that state election law allows for a primary in non-partisan race to narrow the field for the general election. Yes, the law states that the candidates with the two highest vote totals will run in the general election. The non-partisan race is turning out to be very partisan. Jude Seymour wants Jeff Smith to be the only candidate on the ballot because Smith is a registered Republican. Babette Hall wants Cody Horbacz and Allison Crossman on the ballot with Smith because Cody is a registered Democrat and will possibly win the race. That’s where we now have an issue.
The Jefferson County Board of Elections is now failing its duty. According to New York State Law Section 6209.2, the paper ballots are to be preserved for audits and/or full recount. Why are we not doing a full recount on the candidates who are tied for second? This needs to be done before any options are to be discussed or implemented. Not only that: the Board of Elections wants a court to decide before a full recount is even have done. What a cowardly act this is. The options may be the end result, but a full recount needs to be done first. The Jefferson County Board of Elections is hijacking the election process. Every voter in Watertown should be outraged by the Board of Elections deciding who will win the mayor’s race.
The Constitution Party represents our voters, the Constitution of the United States and the rule of law. Our position is that an immediate full recount should be conducted. Based on the recount, either Cody or Allison will move forward to the general election along with Smith or all three will move forward to the general election. We demand integrity in the election process for the mayor’s race in Watertown.
If you the voters are frustrated by the two-party system, join the Constitution Party. We will represent you in accordance with the Constitution of the United States. Visit our website at https://www.constitutionparty.com/.