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September 11, 2013

Malone party-petition changes probed

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That person brought concerns to District Attorney Derek Champagne.

Champagne said that as soon as the allegation was brought to his attention, he filed a request with County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. for a special prosecutor to be named, since his office would have a conflict of interest in handling any investigation involving another county department.

During a conference call, County Republican Party Election Commissioner Veronica King and County Democratic Party Commissioner Kelly Cox told the Press-Republican that they do not know anything about a special prosecutor being named or that the State Board of Elections is conducting an investigation.

“We have no idea what you’re talking about,” Cox said. “No objections have been filed in this office.”

PETITION CHANGES

Wylie said a name was reportedly scratched off a petition and another substituted for it, and “the whole issue is whether the petition was circulated before the name was crossed out or crossed out afterward.”

“The petitions allegedly have changes on them,” he said.

“I referred it to the State Police for investigation, and they have requested the State Board of Elections conduct an investigation into the matter.

“The state will turn the information over to my office, and I will make sure things are verified” before the case continues, he said.

NOT AWARE

Scharf, a retired teacher, said she was not aware that any investigations were underway.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she said.

But she said she does recall a voter from North Bangor signing a petition of support for her that was crossed off because the person was ineligible to vote. She said two former students gave support but now live in Canton and were also not eligible.

“Other than that, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Scharf said.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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