Monday, November 23, 2009

Absentee Ballot Update - All Hands on Deck

Absentee Ballot Update
All Hands on Deck

Greg Fingar and the County Republican Committee are suing CCDC on the second home owner's right to vote in Columbia County. Mr. Fingar is quoted in the Register-Star saying, "We love second home owners, but if you declare your residence as somewhere outside of Columbia County, that's where you should vote." This is the same issue with the same Republican lawyers and the same private investigator as the Murphy/Tedisco fiasco this year. Fingar thinks Republicans have a better case this time because Republicans hired private investigators and sent them to NYC to investigate absentee voters' residency status. He claims they have proof of fraud.  This is just one example of how far Republicans will go and what their tactics are. This is a shameful attempt to disenfranchise duly eligible Columbia County Democratic voters.

The challenged absentee ballots will wind up in Columbia County court and are scheduled to be heard on November 30.

We want you all to know we have retained an excellent elections law attorney, Kathleen O'Keefe, who has represented us from the very beginning of the absentee ballot count and will continue to represent us in the court action. The State Democratic Committee, NYS Lawyers Council, elected officials at every level and others are aware of what is going on here and have offered assistance and council. We have every reason to believe we have an excellent case and will prevail.

In addition, Commissioner Martin has also been sued by the Republicans in a scurrilous attempt to discredit her and add fuel to the fire of their case. This tactic will not work. Virginia bravely stood up to the Republican intimidation and will be vigorously represented in court as well.

What can you do to help?
Please make a donation to our Legal Defense Fund through ActBlue.
or send a check made out to CCDC to
Columbia County Democratic Committee,
P.O. Box 507
Ghent, New York 12075.

We need to have the strongest legal defense possible.

Your CCDC leadership and legal team promise to fight this battle tooth and nail. We will not give up and we will never give in. The stakes are too high. We want to end this right here, right now. This extremely important case is personal. The judge's ruling will have ramifications on the Constitutional rights of our friends and neighbors right here in Columbia County as well as state-wide. Please help us ... give generously to preserve your right to vote.