Efforts To Remove Chris Collins From NY 27 Ballot

How State Election Laws Create Complicated Process

Matt Moran
August 15, 2018 - 5:00 am

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Congressman Chris Collins was indicted last week and over the weekend he stated he no longer has the intention of running for re-election.

Now the GOP is looking to fill his seat with a new candidate. James Gardner is a UB Law professor, he says the avenues that the congressman can use to take himself off the ballot are complicated. 

"New York State Election Law is infamous for being murky and not always being sensible," Garnder said.

Gardner says the question is with Collins now saying he has no intention of running is that worthy of creating a vacancy. Only then can the GOP fill the seat. 

"Surely it would be an absurb result for a candidate who has no intention of running to stay on the ballot, and if he has to stay on the ballot it would leave no choice for people in that party but to choose a candidate that has stated he doesn't want the job," Gardner said.

But with the possibility of the democrats suing to keep Collins on the ballot. Gardner says it leave many more questions than answers. 

"We are stuck in this system unless and until the Governor and legislator leaders decide the law should come into the 20th century, if not the 21st," Gardner said.

In terms of the Collins situation. Gardner belives voters should have the right to vote someone that wants the position rather than someone like Collins who has stated he is no longer interested. 

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