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County Exec Race Foe Sullivan Says Day's Registration Complaints 'Baseless'

Thomas Sullivan
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ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- As Rockland County Executive Ed Day throws darts at new registrations to his own party in Ramapo, one of his opponents, Thomas Sullivan, says that the county executive's complaints are baseless.

“Ed Day should be ashamed of himself," said Sullivan. "If he wanted to create meaningful reform in this county, he would make sure as many of our voters register and participate as possible."

On Wednesday, Day’s Campaign Manager Dan Weisberg called foul on more than 500 registrations to the Rockland County Conservative Party roster.

Weisberg pointed to the registrations received from a specific area of Ramapo: "presumably orchestrated for the sole purpose of taking out popular County Executive Ed Day," he said.

“Where did over 500 new conservative voters come from and why did they register?” said Weisberg, “Frankly, this is a question every concerned Rockland County voter should be asking.”

Sullivan claims Day is trying to disenfranchise a specific group of voters who are simply trying to exercise their basic right to vote.

"It is disgraceful. Instead of hurling baseless allegations and complaining about routine voter registration activities that he himself admits are perfectly legal, Ed Day should focus on making his case to these newly registered voters," Sullivan said.

The campaign manager said that during an investigation into the registrants by the Day campaign, they uncovered a number of the new registrants were also registered to vote in other parts of the state -- mostly in Brooklyn, Orange County, and Sullivan County. Allowing them to cast votes in two areas.

Not true, said Sullivan, who hired attorney Daniel S. Szalkiewicz to issue an opinion on the matter.

In a letter to Sullivan, Szalkiewicz stated: It is well-defined case law that a voter’s registration is automatically canceled when he or she moves from one county to another (with the exception of New York City). The cancellation of a person’s registration allows them to enroll in a new party and is not deemed a transfer. Further, it is not a fatal defect to a person’s registration to omit certain pieces of information on the voter registration

He went on to state: "It is therefore our professional opinion that if a voter changes residence from outside of Rockland County to Rockland County, their previous voter registration is canceled, allowing them to register with a new party."

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