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October 24, 2013

Hike in absentee ballots concerns Republicans

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Election Day is Nov. 5, and Thanksgiving is Nov. 28.

‘VERY CONCERNED’

Drew said he and others in his party will be watching the situation carefully and plan on mounting challenges to any absentee ballots they believe may be tainted.

“I would be very concerned with any candidate that condones this practice, takes part in it or attempts to minimize the severity of what is happening,” he said.

“I personally want to be elected based on my merits and integrity, not by stuffing ballot boxes.”

Drew’s opponent, Democrat Michael Kelly, said he knew nothing about any attempt to deliver absentee ballots. He said that as far as he knew, it was an effort to help people vote who could not make it to the polls.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” he said.

“I don’t want anybody to break the rules, but the motives behind this sound good to me.”

Kelly also said it was “typical Republican strategy to repress the vote.”

Drew said party politics is not what the issue is about.

“It’s ludicrous for him to say that,” he said.

“He wants to be a lawmaker and he supports people not heeding the letter of the law? That’s hypocritical. If he doesn’t like the system, then work to change it, but don’t disregard the law.”

CAN VOTE AT POLLS

Campbell and Castine explained that even if voters fill out an absentee ballot, they can still show up at the polls to cast their vote, and their paper ballot will be vacated.

Drew said he would offer rides to the polls for anyone on Election Day regardless of what party they are in.

Dame said that all candidates should demand that people with absentee ballots show up at the polls if they are in town on Election Day.

“The candidates need to step forward and do the right thing,” he said.

Email Joe LoTemplio: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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