Candidates Go Back and Forth on Ballot Tampering Case

5:53 PM, Oct 26, 2011   |    comments
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Amherst, NY - The back and forth continues on the ballot tampering case as Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz appeared on the WBEN radio show Hardline Sunday morning.

Poloncarz explained where he stood on a statement that was posted on his Twitter page that accused County Executive Chris Collins's Camp of tampering with several absentee ballots.

Late last week, 2 On Your Side reported that some people received absentee ballots in the mail that were allegedly already marked with a vote for County Executive Chris Collins.

Poloncarz, the Democratic candidate for the Erie County Executive seat appeared on WBEN's Hardline to explain the comment he made about calling the vote tampering allegations "trickery at its worst."

At first Poloncarz appeared to point the finger at supporters of Collins, but he later backed off from the accusations. When asked about this by WBEN's Dave Debo, Poloncarz said he did not accuse any one in general.

"I think somebody did it from what we're hearing and it is trickery," said Poloncarz. "Whether it was done intentionally to get votes for the County Executive or truthfully to make him look bad is wrong. I have to admit I had 2 people call me that received these ballots. One woman received it and she was furious. She said this is definitely blue ink. How could this happen?"

County Executive Chris Collins's Spokesman Stephan Mychajliw quickly issued this statement soon after the Poloncarz radio interview.

"Today Mr. Poloncarz was not honest 3 times about his personal attempts to falsely link the Collins's Campaign to this incident. We have not made public comments pertaining to this because we want to let law enforcement do their jobs. Once there is factual information that is presented from law enforcement, we will most certainly address those issues," said Mychajliw.

Both sides do agree on one thing. They say they want to see the person responsible for the tampering of the ballots prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


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