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Election Official Dismissed After Refusing Armed Officer His Right to Vote

Election Official Dismissed After Refusing Armed Officer His Right to Vote

Bangor Daily News

November 02, 2010

BANGOR, Maine — A city election official who refused to allow an armed, uniformed Bangor police officer to vote last week will not be working at the polls for the remainder of the 2010 elections.

Bangor City Clerk Patti Dubois, who is in charge of staffing the city’s lone polling place, the Bangor Civic Center, confirmed Monday that Wayne Mallar, a longtime election warden in Bangor, has been asked to stay home.

Dubois said she planned to contact the officer later Monday to apologize and ensure that he has another opportunity to vote.

Additional details associated with Mallar’s long-term status as an election official or the reasons behind his dismissal for the rest of this election cycle are considered a personnel matter, interim City Manager Bob Farrar said.


Wayne Mallar

The incident in question happened late Friday afternoon. Officer James Dearing, who was patrolling his assigned beat near the civic center, decided to stop in and cast an early vote. He walked into the polling place in full uniform with his firearm holstered and stood in a short line with other voters.

Mallar, an election warden, approached Dearing and requested that he turn over the weapon to another officer stationed at the polling place or he wouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Dearing refused, but Mallar stood his ground.

The officer said Sunday that he felt insulted but did not protest further. Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia said Monday that his officer did the right thing.

“In speaking with the clerk’s office this morning, her position is that officers are certainly permitted at the polls, in uniform or out of uniform, armed or unarmed,” the chief said. “It’s been a history to allow police officers on duty to vote when it’s appropriate. The police department has always allowed officers to do that.”

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said he couldn’t remember an incident like this ever happening in Maine.

“I don’t know what [the warden] was thinking,” he said. “There is no reason why a uniformed officer under any circumstances should be questioned.”

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I coined the word, idget some time ago, I use it now for this warden and no a term of endearment it isnt.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This guy looks exactly as I thought..!!!!, A TOTAL MORON...!!!! Glad to see him removed from any form of Government representation.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Wow.. Denying a U.S. Citizen the right to vote because he's in uniform. This is tantamount to one of us telling someone they can't walk down the street because they're not wearing an outfit that we like.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    You got to be kidding me, this so called election official needs a phsych exam and be commited to an institution. This idiot is lucky that the officer did not arrest him because I would have.

  • Img00039_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A little man with a little authority who can't wait to use (abuse) it.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Asked to stay home! He needs to be told he is no longer needed due to his poor and inexcusable judgment. Give me a break!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    They should make the former Warden apologize to the Police Officer that was denied his vote.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Amen justice at its best

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    What a turd! He had better not get caught breaking any laws in that city ever. LOL!

  • Patch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Something like this happened to me yesterday. I am tasked with protecting the polls and a judge of elections told me I could not carry me sidearm in the poll. I called the county and they confirmed he was right. It took the FOC( Fraternal Order of Constables) to call and get it straightened out. Nothing even happened to the poll judge.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Sounds like the situation was certainly rectified! This was a pretty well written article too!

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Walther_ppk_pic_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I was shocked by this article.

    Not because that it happened, but because it happened in Bangor, Maine.

    I am wondering if the Election Warden had formerly lived in San Francisco.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    “There is no reason why a uniformed officer under any circumstances should be questioned.”

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm glad that the jerk was removed. Hopefully, this election warden won't work any future ones.

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