“I signed it, sealed it, and then they took it,” voter Joanne Eagle of Plattsburgh said about her ballot.
During a recent trip to Underwood Mobile Home Park and to Plattsburgh Housing Authority units in the South End of the city, which encompasses Wards 1 and 2 and part of Area 8, Dame, accompanied by the Press-Republican, met with several voters who told them about their experiences with volunteers toting absentee-ballot applications.
Eagle, Nicole Seger, Susan Cooper, Billie Davignon and Glen Masella all confirmed that they were approached about absentee ballots.
Eagle said her application was marked that she was permanently disabled as the reason she needed an absentee ballot. Yet, she told Dame, she can walk to the polls without a problem.
Seger’s had a box marked indicating that she would be out of town. But she said she will be here and could walk to the polls nearby on South Catherine Street.
Cooper also said that she will be to be in town on Election Day, even though her box was marked that she would be absent from the county.
Masella, who walks with a cane, said that although he is disabled, he would get a ride to the polls from his sister, like he always does. He declined to fill out an absentee ballot, despite heavy pressure, he said, from the volunteer.
All the voters questioned by Dame, except for Davignon, said they did not know the names of the volunteers who approached them with absentee applications. They did say that the volunteers told them they were representing the Working Families and Democratic parties.
Davignon said her application was brought to her by Betty Lou LaJoy, who reportedly said she was working on behalf of Mark Tiffer, a Democratic candidate for mayor of the City of Plattsburgh.