Downsizing Pushed to Back of Ballot

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

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October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM EDT


Make sure you look at both sides of your ballot when you vote this election day, November 2nd. The Erie county referendum on downsizing the county legislature from 15 members to 11 will be on the ballot, but it'll be on the back side since there is not enough room on the front. Elections commissioners are still fighting the legality of the referendum and even if they win the court case there may not be enough time to re-print the ballots to remove the referendum.

"The problem with this is that if appellate division doesn't uphold Judge Sedita's order to put this back on the ballot then the citizens of Erie county are going to be weighing in on this and the vote's not going to count," says Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran (D-Amherst).

The appellate judge is expected to hear arguments on the matter next Monday and could issue a ruling by Tuesday.