Common Council candidate alleges ballot discrepancy

Dec 5, 2019

A former Common Council candidate is voicing his concern about alleged voting irregularities in November’s elections.

Mohammed Alam
Credit Thomas O'Neil-White

Mohammed Alam ran for the Fillmore District seat won by Mitchell Nowakowski. Alam said confusion on his ballot positioning led to his constituents, many non-English speaking, not voting.

“Whatever they did here is totally unofficial, illegal,” Alam said, at a press conference Thursday. “And they’re not supposed to do it.”

Because of language barriers, Alam told his constituents to vote on the 10-I line but said he was moved onto the 10-H line of the ballot, where his supporters wouldn’t look for him. He said the confusion has led his supporters to become skeptical of the voting process.

A spokesman for the Erie County Board of Elections says the ballot discrepancy happened only on a sample ballot and the correction was made before early voting began.