Candidate Park wins appeal; stays on ballot – QNS.com

Candidate Park wins appeal; stays on ballot

After the Board of Elections said Assembly candidate Terence Park's petition had a &#8220miscertification statement,” he appealed all the way to the appellate court, winning the case and staying in the race.
When making an amendment to Park's petition, Park said his lawyer wrote &#8220I authorize” instead of &#8220I certify.” The Board of Elections said that this did not properly comply with election law and that Park was off the ballot.
Park appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but lost the case. He then took it to the appellate court, where the five-panel judge voted unanimously in his favor.
In making their decision, the appellate court wrote, &#8220Terence Y. Park's amended cover sheet was in substantial compliance with the Election Law and the rules promulgated by the Board of Elections of the City of New York…and presented no danger of fraud or confusion either to the Board or to the voters…”
&#8220When I was off the ballot, I received tremendous calls from my supporters,” said Park, who is running in the 22nd Assembly District. He continued, &#8220I'm proud that I'm on the ballot.”
Although Park said that he never stopped campaigning, he said this incident has hurt his efforts. Along with its emotional toll, Park said that it has caused &#8220tremendous financial blockage” and &#8220division and confusion” amongst his supporters.
However, Park said that he is campaigning harder than ever before to make sure that constituents know he is back on the ballot.
&#8220I have to go out even harder to let people know. That's the only thing I can do,” he said. Park added, &#8220I'm confident that we as a community will eventually come together to win this election.”

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