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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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    mru221

    over 3 years ago

    66 Comments

    F I N A L L Y!!! Chalk up 1 for the good guys. I was reluctant to read the initial story because the headline made me sick to my stomach. So often these days we here countless story of blatant disrespect for law enforcement. It's so good to see that clerk grow a pair and do the right thing, put that power trippin fool where he belongs, back on the porch(lol) I'm glad that officer stood his ground and saw it through.

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    maverick823

    over 3 years ago

    766 Comments

    that was quick good to see

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23110 Comments

    Glad to see this outcome

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23110 Comments

    Glad to see this outcome

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    policeryan

    over 3 years ago

    852 Comments

    that was quick good to see

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    rickkd6

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    Good to see swift justice.

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    TeachDJ

    over 3 years ago

    208 Comments

    Hey Mr. Mallar, I'll take a quote from your hero, "You acted stupidly".

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Glad to see how this turned out. The Officer took the perfect action forcing the Secretary of State to publicly agree with the Officer which gave him tremendous ammunition. The Chief also came through for the Officer and stuck by him. This idiot who thought he was getting his licks in against the hated police was properly removed and embarrassed but it needs to go farther now, the Officer needs to sue him which will force the Feds to admit this clown was wrong and take public action against him. With any hope this cop-hater and trouble-maker will have to leave town or crawl into a deep hole never to be heard from again.

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    tigges0586

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Thats it guys we should just turn our weapons in until the election is over lol

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    zzzip153

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    obviously a democrat attempt to disenfranchise a voter!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    So its a public safety issue that a police officer with his pistol is voting? wow.....that guy was thinking he was flexing his muscles by denying the officer. And Mr Election Warden is quoting election law to the police? another WOW......

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    chetmolet

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I wonder what this beaurocratic butthead would do if a retired officer, under the Community Protection Act, carried a gun into the polling place.

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Bump BRKPD143.

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    kbabcock

    over 3 years ago

    258 Comments

    Well said BRKPD143!! I agree! Officer Dearing's Civil Rights were intentionally and knowingly violated by Mallar and one of his most fundamental rights as an American Citizen was denied for no reason. I truly believe that not only should the appropriate federal litigation be pursued since Mallar acted under the color and scope of the law in his appointed position. I would also like to see an appropriate civil suit filed as now Officer Dearing has had to deal with the publicity and embarrassment created when Maller made a scene at the polls. We all know that is exactly what would happen to us if we did something so ignorant as Mallar did so for once, let us have the benefit of legal remedy to right a wrong!!

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    BRKPD143

    over 3 years ago

    382 Comments

    I just checked out the story update and amen! Now it is time to prosecute Mr. The Pain. Being a cop does not mean you are no longer a citizen.

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