November 17, 2011

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Dutchess grand jury begins look into Board of Elections allegations

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County grand jury is investigating allegations that primary election ballots were diverted during the September election by Democratic employees of the county Board of Elections, sources tell

Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady declined comment, neither confirming nor denying any investigation.

Back in October, Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight alleged that one of Democratic Commissioner Frances Knapp’s staffers “manipulated” data related to 40 City of Poughkeepsie primary election absentee ballots. Haight went to court and a judge ordered the data returned to the previous status.

At the time of the controversy, Haight said he would bring it to the DA’s attention. Knapp denied any wrongdoing saying that Haight was “trying to intimidate staff and confuse the voters.”


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