“Shouldn’t It Be Up to the Voters?”
On Nov. 7, 2017, Mohamed Albanna was elected to the Lackawanna City Council. One of New York’s smaller cities (pop. 18,141, according to the 2010 census), Lackawanna is just south of Buffalo, near Lake Erie. Albanna’s election was immediately certified by the local board of elections, and he was due to take his oath of office on Jan. 1, 2018. In late December, however, the New York Supreme Court in Erie County found him ineligible and removed him.
This article discusses the question of whether voters should retain the choice of voting for a candidate with a checkered past, or even a “carpetbagger.”