Voters will be heading to the polls in in the Village of Bloomingburg Tuesday to cast their vote in the heated race for mayor. Rural Heritage Party mayoral candidate Frank Gerardi is running against Mayor Mark Berentsen of the Bloomingburg Strong party.
But because of challenges to more than 230 of the village’s 393 registered voters, mostly Hasidic Jews, the outcome of the election most likely won’t be known as poll close. Sullivan County Supreme Court Judge Stephan Schick ruled Thursday that all voters whose registrations have been challenged must vote with an affidavit swearing they live where they’re registered.
The sealed ballots will be set aside and not counted until they’re reviewed.
The Sullivan County Board of Elections says they’ve partnered with the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies to ensure Tuesday’s elections are conducted with the “utmost integrity.”
“Tempers are running high there haven’t been any threats, but as a precaution we were asked by the Board of Election to be there and make sure it’s a fair election. That if something does occur, someone does lose their temper, that something occurs, it’s taken care of and everyone can go back about their business,” Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff told Time Warner Cable.
Polls will be open tomorrow from noon to 9 p.m.