November 1, 2013

Republicans weigh legal action over absentee ballots

Republicans question info on city absentee forms


“She (LaJoy) asked me if I was working on Election Day, and I told her I was, and she told me that I could just fill out an absentee ballot and be done with it, and I wouldn’t have to go to the polls,” Davignon said.

“I had no idea it wasn’t allowed.”

Davignon said she just signed the application and did not fill it out before giving it to LaJoy. 

The application indicates that Davignon has a temporary illness or a physical disability — neither of which is true, she said when she was told about it.

“I am nowhere near disabled. I work 40 hours a week,” she said.

LaJoy returned a few days later with the actual ballot, Davignon said.

“She put it on a clipboard, said, ‘Let’s fill this out,’” Davignon said. “I told her that I preferred to fill it out myself, if I needed it, and she did not look all that happy.”

Davignon said LaJoy told her that it was too late to mail the ballot to the Board of Elections and that she would come back in an hour, pick it up and deliver it in person.

Absentee ballots are accepted as long as they are received by the Board of Elections with a postmark the day of the election or earlier.

Davignon said she will go vote at the polls on Election Day rather than use the absentee ballot.

“She really tried to get me to fill out with her right there and didn’t like it when I wouldn’t,” she said.

When a Press-Republican reporter knocked on Lajoy’s door at her home on Cornelia Street, no one answered, and there is no telephone listing for her locally. A message sent to her on Facebook went unreturned.

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