Endicott mayor loses GOP ballot line after successful petition challenges
Incumbent Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson will not appear on the Republican line in this year’s general election, after facing a challenge through an administrative process with the Broome County Board of Elections Thursday.
The board’s commissioners, one Republican and one Democrat, sustained challenges to invalidate 24 signatures on Jackson’s designating petitions to again appear on the GOP ballot line.
Signatures can be invalidated for a number of reasons, like if they belong to a voter residing outside the village or isn’t a registered Republican.
With the invalidated signatures removed, Jackson only kept 82 signatures, putting her well below the 98-signature threshold to stay on the Republican line.
Jackson is facing a challenge by Republican village trustee Nick Burlingame, who also recently secured the nomination of the Conservative Party.
If she wants to appear on the ballot, Jackson will need to collect signatures for an independent line.
The elections commissioners also heard challenges to the petitions submitted by Democratic candidates for Endicott trustee, Shannon Sharpe and Kevin Kreiner. Enough of their signatures were invalidated by the board to remove them from the ballot as well.