Two School Board Candidates Fail to Meet Final Ballot Requirements

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) It’s been days of sifting through thousands of petitions, and the Erie County Board of Elections have validated signatures, and finalized the candidates who will appear on the final Buffalo School Board ballot.

“Petitions that are filed with the Board of Elections require to have one-thousand signatures of registered voters within the City of Buffalo,” said Ralph Mohr, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner.

Buffalo School Board elections are May 6, and getting to the final candidate number has been anything but an easy task.

“There were challenges to those petitions saying the signatures that were on the petitions were not of registered voters,” said Mohr. “The Board of Elections goes signature by signature through the petitions to determine whether there are valid signatures on those petitions.”

The process for candidates to obtain valid signatures is very strict. Those who sign petitions need to be registered voters. The signature they use to sign a candidate’s petition must exactly match the signature on their voting card and voters must live in the City of Buffalo.

Two Buffalo School Board hopefuls failed to meet signature requirements. Daniel Reynolds and Bryon McIntyre have been disqualified from the race.