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December 08, 2016
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Divisions color elections in Western Sullivan

The lineup of candidates in the November 5 election makes for long lines of campaign signs along the roadways of Sullivan County.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

In that case, the registrations of about 90 of the voters were challenged by a group headed by then county legislator David Sager called “Voters for Election Integrity.” Election law says that for a registration to be valid, a registrant must have a “fixed, permanent and principal home to which he, wherever temporarily located, always intends to return,” and the registrant must also have a “legitimate, significant and continuing attachment,” to the area.

Many of the out-of-town voters registered using the addressed of bungalow colonies. Because the buildings are not habitable during the winter months, the Sullivan County Board of Elections ultimately ruled that 155 of those voters were not eligible to vote in the town.

The second home owners who have signed up in this election in the western part of Sullivan County have done so under different circumstances, which are similar to the circumstances under which the courts twice ruled that second home owners may vote in the municipalities of their second homes.

It will be interesting to see if the involvement of second home owners in this election is sufficient to impact any outcomes.