Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Greenport Primary Results for Town Supervisor and Town Council

The September 10th primary in Greenport had contests on the Working Families and Independence lines for town offices.
Timothy Shook received 2 votes and Ed Nabozny 6 write-ins to win the slot for Town Supervisor on the Working Party line.

On the Independence line for Greenport Town Supervisor, the win also went to Edward Nabozny with 32 votes versus 16 write-ins for John Porreca. For the Town Council Independence line, Democrat Guy Apicella and Independent Kathy Eldridge won with 29 and 21 write-in votes, respectively. Republican Keith Mortefolio, who was on the ballot, lost with 17 votes.  (The other Republican contender for Town Council, John Mausholf, was not on the ballot and did not receive any write-in votes.)

Of particular interest were the 14 absentee ballots for the Independence line.  A police interview on primary day with one applicant found that he did not live in the town of Greenport, and his ballot was withdrawn. His father had also submitted an absentee ballot and the same interview observed that he was present in the county and not absent that day, but his vote was still counted.  Six of the remaining voters were challenged on the belief and information that they were also in the county on the day of the election. (Two voters who filled out these applications at least a week before the primary said that they planned to be sick that day.)  All of these non-absentee absentee voters went for the Republican candidate, although this did not affect the results of the primary. 

It should be noted that anyone who fills out an absentee ballot attests to the following statement:
"I certify that I am a qualified and a registered (and for primary, enrolled) voter; and that the information in this application is true and correct and that this application will be accepted for all purposes as the equivalent of an affidavit and, if it contains a material false statement, shall subject me to the same penalties as if I had been duly sworn."

The absentee ballot also instructs that:
"Each person must apply for himself or herself. It is a felony to make a false statement in an application for an absentee ballot, to attempt to cast an illegal ballot, or to help anyone cast an illegal ballot."

The cornerstone for American democracy requires that there be fair and honest elections.  Absentee ballots have strict requirements before they are issued, not for the convenience of a voter who does not want to vote in person.

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