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Democratic election commissioner may miss Election Day

By ANNA MEILER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- When it comes to Election Day, Oneida County's election commissioners are supposed to work together. If a problem comes up during voting, they have to find a common solution or the problem can't be resolved.

But, Republican Chairman Peter Sobel said he received a call Monday morning saying the Democratic Commissioner Russell Stewart won't be available Tuesday during voting. Deputy Commissioner Carolann Cardone who will take his place, won't be available until 9 a.m.

The polls open at 6 a.m. and Sobel said this leaves a three hour gap where there will be no Democratic representative.

"If the Democratic side isn't there, the problem can't be resolved and if a machine can't be opened voters will be disenfranchised that they can't vote, so it's important they get in order on how they're going to rectify their problem," said Sobel.

Sobel's counterpart, Democratic Party Chairman Mitchell Ford, did not respond to whether or not they have found a solution.

Sobel hopes a Democratic representative is present so that Election Day runs smoothly.

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