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Plattsburgh absentee ballots under investigation

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Christopher Rasco told the person who came to his door that he might not make it out to vote on Election Day. He was told he had another option-- apply for, and then fill out, an absentee ballot.

"They were gonna help everybody by bringing the ballots to them and helping them fill out the ballots," Rasco said. "It seemed pretty legit to me."

Rasco's absentee ballot is one of nearly 100 ballots under the legal microscope. It appears he unknowingly filled out an absentee ballot when he was not qualified to do so.

"They can't have an absentee ballot because they don't want to go to the polls or they had no intention of voting and someone wants them to vote, that's not the way our election process works in New York State," said Mark Dame, R-Plattsburgh District 8.

Dame, a Republican legislator, says the Working Families Party went around collecting absentee ballots from residents, and not only did they violate an ethical law, but a state law.

Plattsburgh Police were unable to go into detail, but they did say there is an open investigation into the allegations of voter fraud.

"We did not fill out the applications for the absentee ballots at all, they were already pre-checked out and everything was filled out for us," Rasco said.

Along with applications being filled out for Rasco and others, some reasons for needing to vote absentee were also apparently false.

"My girlfriend's came up that she was going to be out of state, which wasn't factual," Rasco said. "We didn't even know there was anything going on with that, nothing along the lines of breaking the law anyway."

And if the group broke any voting laws in New York, those members of the Working Families Party could face felony charges.

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