To be clear, the voter suppression issues that I have, are with the objector of my 2019 Democratic Nominating petitions, Special Election Mayor, Torrance R. Harvey, and the NYS Election law which allows for objections to be made to candidates for public office nominating petitions. They will not defer our dreams. Kudos to the Board of Elections Commissioners and staff that do not have enough time or the appropriate tools to properly vet the often politically motivated objections. This law is meant to protect Democracy, our election process from fraud. Instead it’s used as a “politricks” by party establishments and in this case, fear of an opponent. Unfortunately, our neighbors who sign, are the ones hurt the most by this law and abuse of it.
As of April 15th, 2019, I was a Democratic candidate for the position of Mayor, for the City of Newburgh. As of April 18th, 2019 (I received confirmation April 19th and mail notification April 22nd), I was taken off of the June 25th, Democratic Primary Ballot. Out of our 341 signatures accepted, 117 objections were sustained by OC BOE, leaving us with 224 signatures. Out of the 117 objections sustained, we believe that 51 of the signers could have been brought back in court. Due to past precedents, Gay Lee vs OC BOE 2018 (residency), and Ali Muhammad vs DC BOE 2017 (printed signatures), and the acknowledgment that they are Democrats who printed, or they are an unidentifiable person or address, which all could be rectified with the collection of signed and notarized affidavits.
Mayor Harvey has used a tool of our oppressors to hold our campaign down. And still, we rise! We have recourse, although we were limited on time and are low on resources, our team has decided to accept the Orange County Board of Elections rulings and continue to campaign for our Mayoral election this fall! There will be a face-off between myself and Mayor Harvey in November. I have his paperwork if anyone wants to see how and who he knocked off the ballot, your neighbors, his constituents.
I’m genuinely grateful to have this amazing opportunity to be able to run for Mayor and present my vision of a healed Newburgh. To the 341 people that signed my petition, to my friends and neighbors who have helped me behind the scenes, to my family and loved ones who have continuously supported me 100% from the gate, 9 years and counting, this has been a year of many firsts (already)! This was the first time I turned down a signature because the woman was going to reluctantly sign (politicians only come around when they need something) but I wanted her to know that I’m a public servant, it’s less about her signature and more about building a relationship with my neighbors and that I would be back. This was the first time a blind woman signed my petition, I will never forget the visual of her brown shaking hand, signing away, as I did my best to hold the clipboard and move as she did. It was a humbling experience and an inspiring lesson. I’m thankful that Bridget Hayes was true to her word and was there to witness this moment with me as we hustled together to get enough signatures for the Democratic and Independence lines. This is the first time that I’ve realized that I do not need to validate my name in court and waste precious and limited time and resources to the Justice System and Democratic Primary. As an independent Democrat running for Mayor of Newburgh, I believe in an open and inclusive government, and encourage any and all residents to reach out to me directly and see how we can work together on healing our great city! It’s time. https://www.alitmuhammad.com/meet_and_speak_with_mayoral_candidate_ali_t_muhammad_3