Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he will call a special election for Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to fill a vacancy in the 29th Congressional District.
“Over the past several weeks, I have worked closely with representatives from Western New York to determine the best possible timing to fill a vacancy in the 29th Congressional District,” Governor Paterson said. “Since the vacancy, Western New Yorkers have been served by a working Congressional office that has and will continue to address their needs. Due to serious concerns over the rollout of new electronic voting machines in several counties within the district, the local financial burden of holding a special election so close to the regular election cycle, as well as the possible disenfranchisement of overseas military voters who would not be able to participate, I will call for a Special Election to be held on November 2, 2010. This will ensure a fair and open election process. I urge all eligible voters to go to the polls in November to select their next Congressional representative, along with their next statewide and local officials.”
Governor Paterson will issue the Special Election Proclamation in October, approximately 30-40 days prior to the Special Election, pursuant to Section 42 of the Public Officers Law. The proclamation orders that an election for a Member of the Congress be held in the 29th Congressional District and shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by law for elections in New York State.