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October 24, 2013

Hike in absentee ballots concerns Republicans

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“As far as I know, school is in session on Election Day, so why wouldn’t they all be here?” Drew said.

Dowdle said 31 applications are from the Wilson Hall dormitory alone, and all of them checked the box indicating they would be out of the county on Election Day.

“I think it’s incredible that they would all be out of town that day,” Dowdle said.

The applications delivered to the students in Wilson Hall showed that they were carried by a student named Royston Peters.The Press-Republican sent a message to a Royston Peters on Facebook asking for comment, and the response was: “No comment.”

Dowdle’s opponent, Justin Meyer, said no one was delivering absentee ballot applications on his behalf, and he did not hand out any himself.

“I think absentee ballots are an effective way to allow people to vote who can’t get to the polls, but the rules and regulations have to be followed,” he said.

HOUSING RESIDENTS

Numerous absentee applications given to voters in the South End of the city in Plattsburgh Housing Authority units, which house income-eligible residents.

According to Board of Elections records, many of those applications were delivered by Betty Lou Lajoy and George and Elizabeth Baker, who are all members of the Working Families Party.

Lajoy could not be reached for comment, and the Bakers did not return telephone messages from the Press-Republican.

The Working Families Party has endorsed most Democratic candidates in the county.

ALL REGISTERED

Clinton County Board of Elections Commissioners Susan Castine and Greg Campbell said that delivering absentee-ballot applications to voters is perfectly legal.

Before giving out an absentee-ballot application, the board must check to see if the voter in question is, in fact, registered to vote in Clinton County.

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