Breaking: Tenney, Hanna on Republican Ballot; Kicinski is Not
The ballot for the Republican primary is looking different from the way the candidates themselves may have anticipated.
WIBX spoke with candidate Michael Kicinski earlier this morning who indicated that his petitions were not validated by officials. The Oneida County Board of Elections is now confirming that the names of Tenney and Hanna are indeed the only ones appearing on the GOP primary ballot.
Oneida County Board of Elections Commissioner Rose Marie Grimaldi says they received notification from the state late in the day on April 30th that only Hanna and Tenney had properly completed the process for candidacy. After reviewing the certification letter with fellow commissioner Russell Stewart, Grimaldi says they are "moving forward" with the publishing of absentee ballots "pending the outcome of any potential litigation."
Kicinski, who was taken by surprise after speaking with state elections officials, says he is reviewing his legal options with an attorney. The candidate indicated that some of his petitions were invalidated because of what he is calling a "technicality."
Grimaldi says that absentee ballots without Kicinski's name will be sent out on schedule. If Kicinski obtains relief in court, the absentee ballots will have to be changed and sent out again.
Kicinski cannot waste any time in pursuing an appeal if he intends to do so. The state's Congressional Primary election takes place on June 24, 2014.
Hanna, Tenney, and Kicinski will appear on WIBX's First News with Keeler in the Morning on Friday May 2, 2014.