Judge rejects cutting 6 from Lynn ballot

A Superior Court judge in Newburyport on Thursday denied a Lynn City Council candidate’s request to remove six other candidates from the Sept. 17 preliminary election. In denying Ariana Murrell-Rosario’s request for a preliminary injunction, Judge Richard Welch said “there is a real question whether the requested injunction will jeopardize the preliminary election. Thus, the balance of harms favors the city.” Murrell-Rosario’s complaint argued that five candidates running for City Council and one for School Committee either notarized their papers after the filing date or failed to notarize them. Assistant City Solicitor James Lamanna said Friday that 400 absentee ballots have been mailed out, and at least 175 people have voted. “The votes essentially would have been voided and not counted,” Lamanna said. “They would have had to be destroyed.”