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Twenty-six petitions calling for write-in primary elections in minor parties have been received at the Niagara County Board of Elections,
officials said.

The so-called "opportunity to ballot" procedure affords registered members of a party a chance to reject the choice of party leaders if they have chosen a registered member of some other party to run on their ballot line this fall. The authorized candidate's name appears on the voting machine, and those desiring to vote for someone else must cast a write-in vote.

No such petitions were received for any race in the Republican or Democratic parties. The filings were made in the Conservative, Liberal, Independence, Right to Life, and Freedom parties.

The most prominent offices affected include Lockport mayor in the Right to Life Party; North Tonawanda mayor in the Conservative Party; Niagara Falls councilman in the Liberal Party; and Porter town supervisor in the Independence and Freedom parties.

Other such requests were filed in various races for the Niagara County Legislature, Lockport and North Tonawanda councils, and Somerset, Lewiston, and Town of Niagara boards.

The validity of the signatures on these petitions may be challenged, election officials said, and some challenges have already been received.

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