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November 19, 2013

City of Plattsburgh Ward 5 race deadlocked

City Council seat undecided after absentee ballot count

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Dame and his attorney James Walsh of Saratoga challenged 93 absentee ballots on Monday. He can ask a court to rule whether those ballots should be counted, which he said he likely will do even though he cannot mathematically lose the election.

“This is not about winning or losing,” he said. “This whole thing is about morals and ethics.”

Dolan, who was not endorsed by the Working Families Party, said he had nothing to do with absentee-ballot collections.

‘INTIMIDATION’

Police continue to investigate Dame’s charges, which irritates County Democratic Party Chairman Martin Mannix. 

He said it is Republicans who are intimidating voters, not Democrats or Working Families Party representatives.

“When uniformed police and the mayor show up on your doorstep and tell you that you may have committed a felony, that’s intimidation,” Mannix said.

“That’s just wrong, and I don’t go for that.”

Mannix also said Dame’s challenge of 93 absentee ballots on Monday was “costing taxpayers a lot of money” by dragging the process out.

“I think this is an orchestrated effort to discredit the Working Families Party,” he said.

‘CONFUSING’

Dame said that is nonsense.

“When things are going their way, they are all for justice and due process, but now they aren’t,” he said.

“I find that confusing, and frankly, so do a lot of other people.”

Elections commissioners Campbell, a Republican, and Democrat Susan Castine will continue counting absentee ballots this morning, starting with the Town of Plattsburgh. 

The count may not be finished for the entire county until late Wednesday.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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