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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Columbia County absentee ballot court case

We thought this would be of interest to our members:
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From: Christopher Nolan
Date: Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM
Subject: Fwd: Columbia County absentee ballot court case
To: Irene Stein

I am not sure you are aware of the challenge to absentee ballots mounted by the Republican Party here in Columbia County. Obviously funded by the State Republican Committee, although difficult to find on any financial report form, this challenge has statewide consequences. And significant consequences to our rural counties. Second home owners represent a large group of rural taxpayers and business activity. But Republicans don't want them to be able to vote in those same rural counties.

Our effort is being led by an excellent attorney. But our resources are slim. It is clear to us that this challenge is intended to strain our resources and set a precedent applicable to other counties in the state. And it is clear that the Republicans have compiled a very scary database of personal information on each voter.

I attach for your reference a brief memo on the case. As well as a copy of the items sought by subpoena and evidence of the Republicans' own information. This is scary stuff. At least our local judge denied the motion for the subpoena but that was only after our appeal had been accepted by the Appellate Division in Albany. We'll be heard on the 16th at 1PM.

More details of the situation are located at
or you can get there through

I am happy to talk about it further if you want to contact me.

Chris Nolan
Columbia County Democratic Committee