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Update: Davis Loses Appeal to Remain on Mayoral Ballot

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(Update, Sept. 6) – The New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Rochester has dismissed Alfonso Davis’ appeal to remain on Syracuse’s mayoral ballot, after the Onondaga County Board of Elections decided to remove his name last month.

The board recently disqualified Davis, after rendering many of his signatures invalid, which caused Davis’ number of signatures to fall below the required 1,000 to remain on the ballot.

Davis then sued the elections board in August; however, the Appellate Court has upheld the prior State Supreme Court ruling that dismissed his case due to issues with paperwork filing.

Since the hearing, Davis has also asked voters to write his name in as a candidate on the ballot, by advertising on a new billboard in Syracuse.

Davis has released the following statement regarding the court’s decision: 

“The voting process is something that is held sacred in our great country. Many have fought and died for the basic right to cast a vote. It is because of this I believe it was important not to just let my opponents silence the voices of so many. But to fight for the over 1,850 voters that signed my petition to see myself and Anne Williams on the primary ballot. 

On Wednesday September 6th, the Appellate court did not rule in our favor to place us on the ballot. While this is disappointing, we know that this hard fight was not in vain. If we do not fight for what is right, those who look to divide us will prevail. There are many hard fights ahead for our city, state, and country.  If we do not do what is uncomfortable, and take a stand then who will? No matter what, we will continue to take a stand for those who have been disenfranchised and feel voiceless. It is in this spirit that I ask for voters to also take a stand with us at the polls, on Tuesday, September 12, by writing us in.”

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(From Aug. 30) – Democratic mayoral candidate Alfonso Davis has appealed the Onondaga County Board of Elections’ decision to remove his name from the ballot, according to an article in the Syracuse Post Standard.

The board recently disqualified Davis, after rendering many of his signatures invalid, which caused Davis’ number of signatures to fall below the required 1,000 to remain on the ballot.

Subsequently, Davis sued the elections board in early August; however, the State Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit on Aug. 18, due to issues with paperwork filing, the article said.

The New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Rochester will hear Davis’ case on Tuesday, and, should he win the appeal, the board of elections will return his name to the ballot, prior to the Sept. 12 primary.

The Onondaga County Board of Elections has also removed Democratic candidate Raymond Blackwell from the mayoral ballot for invalid signatures.

Marty Masterpole, Joe Nicoletti and Juanita Perez Williams are currently the remaining Democratic candidates in the city’s mayoral race.

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