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November 4, 2016

City & State

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

I started worrying about Election Day disasters after 9/11. After all, that was a primary election day in New York City, and I was the campaign lawyer for the leading Democratic candidate for mayor, Mark Green. Of course, it was appropriate for the election to be postponed, but until we could find Gov. George Pataki no one knew what to do. At first, a Supreme Court Justice overseeing the election decided that because the police were no longer at the polling sites in lower Manhattan, he would suspend voting. Finally, the governor, exercising his plenary power, simply cancelled all elections throughout the state. The state Legislature scheduled a do-over two weeks later.

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