Judge rejects Public Advocate Williams’ suit against Cuomo administration on ballot petitions

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Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ lawsuit against the Cuomo administration challenging an executive order to reduce ballot petition requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic was thrown out of court Tuesday.

Instead, the plaintiffs would prefer if there the petition process was canceled altogether for public health purposes.

A state Supreme Court Judge Frank Nervo tossed case on Feb. 23, essentially calling the suit unnecessary and reinforcing the place of election law within the authorities of the governor, especially after a March 14, 2020 executive order signed with the intent to slow the spread of COVID-19 early on in the pandemic prior to the June 2020 Democratic primaries.

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