Head of state’s republican party questioning padlocks on ballot boxes

Head of state’s republican party questioning padlocks on ballot boxes


AS OF MONDAY THERE WERE 23,000
BALLOTS INITIALLY CAST FOR
INDEPENDENTS, THEIR SECOND
CHOICE IS LEFT A PROCESS IN THE
RACE FOR MAINE’S 2ND
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. BEFORE THE REALLOCATING OF
SECOND CHOICES INCUMBENT
REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE
POLIQUIN HAD A 1900 VOTE LEAD
OVER DEMOCRAT JARED GOLDEN. BUT ON SATURDAY THE CAMPAIGN FOR
REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN CLAIMED
THE CONGRESSMAN HAD WON A THIRD
TERM AND CAST CONCERNS ABOUT THE
HANDLING OF BALLOTS. THAT WAS THEN BACKED BY MAINE’S
REPUBLICAN PARTY, WHO SAY THESE
PHOTOS SHOW A LACK OF PADLOCKS
ON BALLOT BOXES. SECRETARY OF STATE MATTHEW
DUNLAP SAYS THAT WHILE SOME
BOXES WERE UNLOCKED, ALL OF THEM
HAD THESE METALLIC SEALS
PROTECTING THE BOXES.>>IT IS MADE OUT OF METAL. IF I WERE TO PUSH IT ALL THE WAY
IN, I COULD NOT GET IT BACK OUT
UNLESS I CUT IT. MARY CATE: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
IS ALSO ASKING AN EMPLOYEE
INVOLVED IN BALLOT COUNTING TO
BE REASSIGNED BECAUSE HE HAD
LIKED TWEETS SHOWING SUPPORT FOR
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE JARED GOLDEN.>>THEN THE ALLEGATION WILL BE
SINCE YOU’VE ASSIGNED HIM YOU
MUST THINK THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG. NOW THAT COLORS THE WORK THEY
HAVE ALREADY DONE. I’M NOT GOING TO PLAY THAT GAME. MARY CATE: SECRETARY OF STATE
DUNLAP BLASTED THE CLAIMS WHICH
HE SAYS COULD UNDERMINE
CONFIDENCE IN THE VOTING SYSTEM.>>WE PLAY EVERYTHING STRAIGHT. WE ARE ABOVEBOARD AND
TRANSPARENT. WE ARE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY
QUESTIONS. THERE ARE ATTORNEYS FOR BOTH
SIDES. THE ATTORNEYS HAVE NOT ASKED
THESE QUESTIONS. MARY CATE: TODAY GOLDEN’S
CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAYS THAT THEY
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE
TABULATION PROCESS AND SAY ANY
INQUIRIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY
THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE. THIS IS AS SECRETARY OF STATE
DUNLAP SAYS HE HAS YET TO GET
ANY FORMAL COMPLAINTS.>>I’M PRETTY SURE THE MAINE
REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS OUR PHONE
NUMBER. MARY CATE: THE FINAL RES

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