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Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot signatures challenged

Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PM

Mike Anthony, the former chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, filed an objection at the Suffolk County Board of Elections on Friday challenging incumbent Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s petition to appear on the Integrity Party ballot line in November’s general election.

Ms. Kabot, a Republican, said she had collected 925 signatures—850 were needed—to secure the Integrity Party line, which would give her a second line on the November ballot. But Mr. Anthony is planning to challenge the propriety of some of those signatures, and Ms. Kabot appears ready to fight back, saying that those attempting to block her petition are threatened by her.

“Clearly I am not the puppet of party bosses and union leaders, and my candidacy is perceived as a threat to these people so much so that there have been numerous attempts to block ballot access for my reelection,” Ms. Kabot said in a press release she issued over the weekend.

For a signature to be valid under Board of Election guidelines, it must correspond to the name of a voter registered in Southampton Town who resides at the address given on the petition. And while the signature for the Integrity ballot may be of a voter registered with any party, or with no party, the signature becomes void if it has appeared on a prior petition. Mr. Anthony has until today, August 27, to inform the Board of Elections which signatures he believes should be invalidated. At that point, a bipartisan panel will review the specific objections and make a determination.

If the ruling goes against Ms. Kabot, she may appeal that decision in court.

Mr. Anthony said he was cross-referencing the names on Ms. Kabot’s petition with other filed petitions to see if there are any duplications he can specifically challenge.

The Integrity Party flap is the latest in a string of challenges Ms. Kabot has faced in her reelection campaign. After a round of political musical chairs following the GOP convention in May—during which then Southampton Town Conservative Party Chairman Jim Malone was actually selected to run on the Republican line—Ms. Kabot, poised to force a primary, ultimately garnered the party’s endorsement. But getting the GOP endorsement gave her one ballot line to her challenger’s three. Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst has the endorsements of the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties.

Then, though it had been expected to back Ms. Kabot, the Southampton Town Conservative Party opted not to endorse a candidate for supervisor this year.

While preparing to pore over her petition’s signatures, Mr. Anthony complained that many of them were collected by Ms. Kabot at post offices and supermarkets, which, in Mr. Anthony’s view, are often unreliable locations.

“They are just prone to error because many who sign at those locations are not properly registered,” he said, adding that going “door to door” to actual addresses of listed registered voters is a more reliable method of collecting legitimate signatures.

Mr. Anthony, who said he had seen Ms. Kabot’s petition, commented that the 68 extra signatures Ms. Kabot submitted do not leave much room for error.

“It’s not a lot of signatures in the overall scheme of things,” he said.

Ms. Kabot called Mr. Anthony’s objection to her Integrity petition “political sabotage,” characterized the move as an “injustice” and vowed to fight on against the Democratic “party bosses.”

“Whatever does not kill you makes you stronger,” she stated in her press release.

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Integrity Party?

Now that's funny.
By Paramarine (28), Raleigh, NC on Aug 22, 09 6:02 PM
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I'm not certain exactly what it is about the Integrity Party that so tickles the funnybone of the gentleman from North Carolina, but I think the actions of the leaders of the local organization displayed their personal integrity recently when they resigned their positions after the County leader double-crossed them, went back on a promise, and sold out the Integrity line to the Town GOP and Conservatives.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Aug 23, 09 1:02 AM
Frank, you are mistaking Integrity Party for the Independence Party.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Aug 23, 09 7:53 AM
Integeity and Linda Kabor in the same story-that's a joke
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 23, 09 8:17 AM
I was confused on that -- the same first initials tend to confuse me, especially late at night after a long ride back to Wildwood.

But I believe that two years ago, the Integrity Party backed Linda Kabot for Supervisor, and Nancy Graboski and Anna Throne-Holst for the Town Council, and no one raised hell about that.

EastEnd68: do you ever add anything to a dialogue except nasty little zingers otherwise devoid of any substance.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Aug 23, 09 10:27 AM
Frank-Not when it concerns Linda Kabot
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 23, 09 10:33 AM
The Integrity line provided Kabot's margin of victory two years ago along with a load of publicity.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Aug 23, 09 12:21 PM
Mr. Suffolk from 631politics.com is quite correct. The Integrity Party has done more to fight for the Integrity of the electoral process than any of the other parties. It has to be apparent to anyone with a 6th grade education that there is an attempt to "rig" the outcomes of the local elections this year.

A deal was made to throw the supervisor's race to ATH and, in return, the Republicans were pretty much handed the 2 council seats. I guarantee you that if they could have gotten away ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Aug 23, 09 4:42 PM
Integrity Party Guy, the reason why Southampton is even bothering to hold the elections? The Southampton Press and WLNG need the advertising revenue.

And with Suffolk Life (R.I.P.) no longer, virtually all of it will go to those two, with a little bit thrown WRIV's way.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Aug 23, 09 7:33 PM
Well, you do make a point Frank. However, there is not going to be much money spent on political advertising if the outcomes are preordained. There will be no need. The cross endorsement madness has had to have a very adverse affect on those who profit from real elections.

BTW, it is not just the 2 radio stations and the Southampton Press who run ads. I see many candidates use some of the other local weekly papers.

Speaking of cross endorsements, will Suffolk County ever ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Aug 24, 09 3:28 PM