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Paterson calls for special election

TRI-COUNTY AREA—After demands for a special election to fill the 29th Congressional District Seat, Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday, May 12, that he would call for a special election.
However, Paterson said the special election would not be held until Nov. 2, and combined with the regular election. The governor will issue the official special election proclamation in October, approximately 30 to 40 days prior to the special election, pursuant to Section 42 of the Public Officers Law.
The 29th Congressional District seat was vacated by Eric Massa, March 8. Congressional hopefuls for the seat include Republican Tom Reed and Democrat Matt Zeller.
“Since the vacancy, western New Yorkers have been served by a working congressional office that has and will continue to address their needs. Due to serious concerns over the rollout of new electronic voting machines in several counties within the district, the local financial burden of holding a special election so close to the regular election cycle, as well as the possible disenfranchisement of overseas military voters who would not be able to participate, I will call for a special election to be held on Nov. 2, 2010,” said Paterson.
“This will ensure a fair and open election process. I urge all eligible voters to go to the polls in November to select their next congressional representative, along with their next statewide and local officials.”

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