Justice is seldom served in election law cases, although I will stipulate up front that what the former Morristown board member did was improper, but likely not uncommon given the perfunctory nature of gathering nominating petitions in the countless local, uncontested elections.
Clearly Mr. VanArnum had someone looking and he forgot the first rule of politics....CYA....Probably not something thought of in such an office or in such a small place.
I have always been aware of this pitfall since the much publicized 'petition on the drug store counter' case in Watertown decades ago.
Few understand election law or the rationale behind petitions. It's inside baseball and this guy got sloppy and got caught...Whether given her other challenges , the Times' choice for DA needs to pursue this with vengeance is debatable
Watertown Daily Times | Justice must be served: Mary Rain should press case against former Morristown official