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Police Officer With Gun is Denied Voting Right

Police Officer With Gun is Denied Voting Right

Associated Press

November 01, 2010

BANGOR — A Bangor police officer says he wasn’t allowed to cast his ballot when an election warden refused to let him vote while wearing his service revolver.

James Dearing said he was patrolling his beat Friday when he stopped to vote at the Bangor Civic Center. He said that’s where warden Wayne Mallar said he couldn’t vote unless he turned over his weapon.

Dearing refused, and then wrote a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Dunlap told the Bangor Daily News yesterday there is no state law prohibiting officers from carrying firearms while voting.


Mallar told the paper he wouldn’t comment other than to say he has the right to make determinations about safety.

For his part, Dearing said he wants two things — for the warden to admit he made a mistake, and to cast his vote.



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    jhunph

    almost 4 years ago

    1116 Comments

    I would like to know from where the warden got his info. For Gods sake Dearing is a cop, on duty no less! If ever there was a time to say "You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands" This is it!!! That warden should be fired for violating someones civil right. I hope that warden never finds a need for a police officer.

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    HeadShot

    almost 4 years ago

    736 Comments

    sounds like someone's right to vote was violated....I wonder if there'll be any criminal/civil action taken as a result. there should be!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Brilliant. Refuse the officer to vote because he is carrying his firearm while on duty. Meanwhile I am sure they do not have metal detectors at the poling place. I carry my Glock 27 on my ankle or in a cargo pocket and it goes undetected where ever I go. Wonder how many criminals do the same.

    Now the "warden" wants to take guns away from uniformed cops? Not to bright jack

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    JMichaelSven

    almost 4 years ago

    246 Comments

    If the warden was really concerned about public safety, then he would have been happy to let the officer wear his weapon while voting! This warden was an asshole with an authority complex!!!!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Safety huh??? Warden, how much more safe do you want to feel than to have an armed Police Officer in the building with you!!! Idiot!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    The *warden* is a moron...

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    RoyalVT

    almost 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    The warden "has the right to make determinations about safety"? This guy was a POLICE OFFICER! I'm sure voters would have felt safer with him there with his firearm.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    That's the thing about civil rights.... everyone has them

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Mallar is an idiot. If I were the Officer I would get a lawyer and go after his ass.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    The election warden is in the wrong and should be held accountable for his actions. I would file the civil rights action to prove the point so that it does not happen again.

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    s3sk

    almost 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    BS. let him vote. that guy needs to not work there.

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    Chief171

    almost 4 years ago

    3192 Comments

    Agree Bump to all.....

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    BUMP to all

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    cops1521

    almost 4 years ago

    1006 Comments

    How is he intimidating others to vote a certain way unless he is telling others how he voted...and that was not the concern. The "warden" was assuming how this LEO was voting. He is power hungry and prevented this Officer from his lawful right to vote.

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    BUMP to all.. I also agree that the Officer should have arrested Mr. Mallar. The warden violated the Officers civil rights. I think I see a lawsuit coming.

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