Electoral integrity is still the elephant is in the room.
While political figures on both sides of the aisle increasingly seek to avoid discussing the issue, evidence suggests it continues to be an issue.
One of the latest cases happened in the early days voting for a Buffalo mayoral race, conducted by former Erie County Democratic Party lawmaker and Elections officer Betty Jean Grant.
According to the local news station WKBW-TV, on October 23, Grant walked into a polling place at the Delavan Grider Community Center and witnessed an elderly woman receiving voting assistance — assistance that Grant believes violated. election law.
The broadcaster reported that the former lawmaker then used his mobile phone and started live-streaming the incident on Facebook.
At the beginning of the video, Grant can be heard repeating “it’s illegal” while filming.
However, Erie County Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner, a Democrat, pointed out that what is deemed illegal is, in fact, “not untrue.”
Zellner went on to say that voters can “get help from anyone as long as it’s not their boss or a union representative.”
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The elderly woman who voted did so using a “push seal” with the Mayor Byron Brown’s name on it.
Ballot stamps are permitted in the state of New York and are intended to aid in the voting of a registered candidate.
It has not been determined whether favoritism towards Brown’s rival India Walton played any role in Grant’s behaviour.
Carolette Meadows, the woman responsible for helping older voters at the polling place, said she believes this may have been the case.
“You take a woman in her 80s and make her feel like what she is doing is breaking the law. And you show up on social media and you threaten and you bully the community. “
Both women support Mayor Byron Brown.
Action was taken by the Erie County Board of Elections, they revoked poll observer certificate.
A letter sent by the office said “you interfered in the election,” and it also asked her not to come within 100 feet of polling places.
Grant faces charges of a misdemeanor some related to election violations and some about second-degree harassment. She will appear at Buffalo City Court on December 6.
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