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November 1, 2013

Republicans weigh legal action over absentee ballots

Republicans question info on city absentee forms



Tiffer said he has not seen or had any contact with Lajoy since he was interviewed by Working Families Party representatives for an endorsement in the spring.

He said he does support efforts to help people vote.

“If a person has difficulty getting to the polls, and someone can help them vote, that’s a good thing,” Tiffer said in a statement.

“Voters have the right to file absentee ballots, and we need to trust their good-faith need for those ballots. We must trust that anyone who filled out a ballot did so honestly, believing that personal circumstances necessitated that application.”

Tiffer said that if there was any misunderstanding and voters will be in town on Election Day, they should go to the polls, which would negate any absentee ballots.

“To those who feel threatened by voters’ decision to exercise their rights, I say we all have the right to vote. Not just you and your friends.”


Chad Rowe, who is a member of the Clinton County Republican Party Executive Committee, said his 77-year-old grandmother, Vina Beckwith, was targeted. 

She lives in a Plattsburgh Housing Authority unit on South Peru Street and has not voted much in recent years, her grandson said.

Rowe said a man approached her with fliers for Democratic candidates and offered her the absentee-ballot application.

“He told her that she would not have to go to the polls and could vote this way,” Rowe said.

“She hasn’t voted much, but she never voted this way (absentee ballot) before.”

Rowe said his grandmother signed the paperwork but did not fill it out.

“I think there is a lot of deception going on, and that is not right,” he said.

“I don’t care if it was Republicans, independents or whoever doing this, it is just not right, and it’s dirty pool.”

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