New York Supreme Court Explains Why Petition Signatures with Abbreviation for Name of City are Valid

On August 16, New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence H. Ecker issued a 16-page ruling in Swiller v Lecuona, 2320/17.  He said that petition signatures in which the signer only wrote “W.P.” instead of “White Plains” for city are valid.  He wrote “An individual who is otherwise lawfully entitled to sign a petition in support of his/her candidate of choice should not be automatically eliminated because he or she used an obvious, common sense, unequivocal manner in which he or she demonstrated residence in White Plains.”  See page eleven.

The decision deals with other parts of the challenge to the petition.  The petitions had been filed by some candidates running in the Democratic primary for Mayor and City Council in White Plains.

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