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Open question as to whether Zephyr T. faces ballot obstacles

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout holds a news

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout holds a news conference in Albany on Monday, June 16, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

Will Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s declared Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout face efforts -- from someone -- to prevent her name from reaching the Sept. 9 ballot? Two possible obstacles loom. She needs 15,000 signatures from Democratic voters, with at least 100 of them from each of 14 of New York’s 27 congressional districts, to be filed between July 7 and 10.

Not only can their validity be challenged, but questions first raised during the Working Families Party convention about whether she’s been a genuine state resident long enough to qualify could arise again. There could well be other less-than-famous names on the ballot as well.

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