I was deeply saddened and alarmed when I read about the recent decision by State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Pitts regarding the validity of voter petition signatures for two promising Democratic candidates for the Huntington Town Board ["Signatures sink primary bid," News, Aug. 6].

If a judge wasn't present when the voters signed the petitions and has no sworn statement from someone who was present, how can he rule about candidates chosen by the people?

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Perhaps it's time for a photographic or video record of the petition process -- along with fingerprinting and DNA sample -- to substantiate the ink on the paper.

Robert W. Rockelein, Huntington