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Report: Collins may be dropped from November ballot

September 13, 2018 08:08 AM

Local Republicans may ask elected officials to resign so they can get a landing spot for a congressman facing criminal charges.

The Buffalo News reports Clarence Town Board members have been asked to step down to create a vacancy for Congressman Chris Collins.

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Collins suspended his campaign for Congress last month after being hit with insider trading charges. 

Here's the problem: his name will remain on the ballot unless he dies or runs for another position. 

Meanwhile, GOP leaders will meet in Albany on Tuesday to discuss the plan.

As for what's taking so long, here's what party leaders had to say.

"Well, I think we've done plenty of interviews where we've talked about the fact that there's a lot of the New York state election law impacts our ability to move candidates on or off the ballot," Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said. "All of that has to happen after Primary Day."

Republicans must make a decision by Wednesday, Sept. 19. 

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