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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.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Wow! I love swift justice! WTG Officer Dearing! The Warden looks like a jerk anyways... lol... Hopefully he will be invited to "stay home" for good. Anyone with a nick name of "Wayne the Pain" didnt earn that by being helpful or courteous to people..

    Maybe they should give him a retirement basket filled with Ex-lax and Enemas..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Pretty much gives you a smile and a happy heart when justice is done,doesn't it?I did ,however notice the article stated he would be asked to stay home specifically for 2010.Does this mean he will be allowed to continue his DISservice to his community starting in a couple months??-Sounds like perchance some political double talk from state officials.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Common scene is simply not so common.......

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Well done.

  • Lmpt_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Take a page out of the bad-guy's rule book. Sue him for violation of his 15th Amendment rights (right to vote).

  • 438520975v2_225x225_front_padtosquare-true_max50


    over 4 years ago


    DId this guy ever ask the thugs and criminals to check there guns at the door? I doubt it he must of gotten a ticket and wanted revenge. And why give his gun to another officer working there who is armed? did he think the officer my shoot the polling machine or maybe he thought he was going to make sure he had no CHADS on the punch card.

  • 4398057_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Little Guy syndrome. Just wanted to feel big by disarming an officer for no big reason at all.

  • Happy_father__s_day_by_harseik-d3jd2qj_max50


    over 4 years ago


    See, this is what I talked about in another recent post. We, as officers are allowing people and organizations to do this to us. We started out with courts. We allowed judges to tell the public that they do not trust officers in "their" courtrooms and ball starts rolling. The officer should have place the official under arrest for violating his voting rights, a federal crime. I thing a good interaction in this case would have been, "oh, I can't come in. Here let me put these handcuffs on you and you can wait here while I go vote. Then I'll take you to jail for violating my civil rights. Oh, and by the way if you want to calls the cops that would be me. Yo're in beat beat dipwad." Maybe the officer should sue the election commission.

  • 024_max50


    over 4 years ago


    glad he was removed

  • Img_0933_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great news. I just hope it's not only for 2010, but forever.

  • N4139562294_683_max50


    over 4 years ago


    some people don't always use the common sense they should have

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I am happy with the outcome, hope he officer in question is but left wondering what is in the Warden's file...

  • Me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well handled by the city.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Oh yea...sind him packing.....No weapon please.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Glad to hear this, and he should never be allowed to work the polls again. Moron.

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