Updated 08/07/2012 06:19 PM
Challenges against candidates' petitions dropped
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HERKIMER, N.Y. -- Three months before Herkimer County voters head to the polls to vote for their new district attorney, challenges against both candidates' petitions are dropped but controversy over the race remains.
Both candidates appeared in State Supreme Court in Herkimer County Monday. A registered voter along with Assistant District Attorney Jeff Carpenter, who's acting as DA until the position is filled, challenged petitions of Mary Iocovozzi, his Democratic opponent.
Issues cited included problems with some of the signatures and the addition of her P.O. Box address after voters had signed the petitions.
Iocovozzi says the addition wasn't made with fraudulent intent.
Carpenter says his concern is that legal documents were altered after being signed by voters and by those collecting the signatures.
"The whole legislative intent in that law is so that people know where you physically reside, if you have two homes where you physically reside. That's what that's all about," said Iocovozzi.
"She changed them. She added information to the petition itself, and that was the crux of our legal argument, and I think that's concerning for a candidate for district attorney," said Carpenter.
Carpenter's paperwork filed with the Board of Elections was also called into question.
A registered voter brought an order to show cause against Carpenter. It was alleged his petitions were insufficient and requesting certificates of authorization to run on the Conservative and Independence lines be declared null and void. But again, both cases were dropped.