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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.

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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.”


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    onemicginnimike

    almost 4 years ago

    162 Comments

    We all have gone into the polls wearing our sidearms, its so crazy that this Warden has the right to carry a firearm himself.

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    andalite_6

    almost 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    bump propbaker

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    rsteade

    almost 4 years ago

    1030 Comments

    This idiot does not deserve to be an election official

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    mkiprotection

    almost 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    Really...............

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    propbraker

    almost 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    'Willl not be working at the polls for the remainder of the 2010 elections'. How about we change it to, 'He will not be working at the polls ever again'.
    But I'm glad to see it all worked out for the Officer.

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    cmoody

    almost 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    tree hugging guns are bad liberals cant get there way if real americans vote

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    copgal

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Good job Ofc. Dearing. I too have gone to the polls and voted in full uniform with my duty weapon on my side. If anything, it seemed like members of the community were happy to see an officer doing her part by voting. It seems like the warded was suffering from little man's syndrome and was a real idiot. I would NEVER surrender my firearm to anyone EVER!!!

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    Deputy522

    almost 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    Thank God someone was listening and your correct hillbilly96 there is no telling how many other people this nut stopped from voting..

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Excellent...

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    hillbilly96

    almost 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    Good decision to fire the man. If Mr. Wack job was bold enough to make up this idiot state law AND turn away an official from voting... I wonder how many other voting folks he turned away?

    I could easily see someone like that trying to turn away Christians from voting too. Say he saw a cross around the neck of a voter... And then laid some lame excuse about separation of church and state fooey and convinced them to leave and not cast their vote as well.

    Until the state investigates exactly what Mr. Wack job did... They may have to void that districts votes and hold it again. Trust me... If Mr. Power trip turned away an ARMED UNIFORMED officer... I can say for most certain that he turned away other voters! :(

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11360 Comments

    Outstanding...

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Perfect!

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This was the only decision that could be made, the election officer was clearly in the wrong. The officer handled himself in the correct manor.

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    JMichaelSven

    almost 4 years ago

    246 Comments

    Way to go! He better not show his face at the polls again!!

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    Stealth4387

    almost 4 years ago

    188 Comments

    Great news! I hope Mallar never gets to be involved with elections again.

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