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Former Democratic lawmaker accused of harassing voter in New York

Former Erie County lawmaker and Election Council employee Betty Jean Grant was recently accused of harassing a voter at a polling station in Buffalo, New York.

The 73-year-old has been charged with one count of second degree harassment and one count of election misdemeanor under New York State Elections Act, WKBW reported Tuesday.

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According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Grant walked into a busy voting booth at the Delavan Grider Community Center last month and watched an elderly woman fill out her ballot. According to prosecutors, Grant used his cell phone to register the woman, who was assisted by another woman to use the Byron Brown tampon. The incident was broadcast live on Facebook and later posted on Grant’s personal Facebook page.

The clip showed the individual helping the elderly woman:

In the video, Grant is heard repeating, “This is illegal. “

“It is further alleged that the accused engaged in conduct, with the intention of alarming or seriously annoying another person, by videotaping the person submitting his ballot,” the office noted. of the prosecutor.

Grant is featured on the Erie County Legislature’s Democratic Caucus website as a Democrat.

“You come here and you take a woman over 80, and you make her feel like what she’s doing is against the law,” said Carolette Meadows, who was helping the senior voter. “You are intimidating and intimidating the community by telling them that if they want to support Byron Brown, they are doing something wrong. “

According to the Erie County Board of Elections, he received a complaint from the New York attorney general’s office the next day.

“We sent a letter to Betty Jean Grant, asking her to stay 100 feet from the polling stations,” Democratic Council Election Commissioner Jeremy Zellner said, according to the WKBW report.

The note to Grant also read, “You interfered with the election.

The board of elections revoked her ballot oversight certificate and she received a ticket to appear for arraignment on Dec. 6 inside Buffalo City Court.

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