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May 7, 2013

Board of Registrars will not investigate Saab

Former candidate removed his name from Salisbury voter list

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“It’s not in our purview to do that kind of investigation,” Sidley said. “We can’t cross state lines.”

However, when questioned, McDonald confirmed that there is regular communication between her office and those of town clerks in other states. For example, she confirmed, that if a Hampton, N.H., resident moved to Salisbury and registered to vote there, she would notify Hampton’s town clerk so the former resident’s name could be removed from that checklist.

McDonald also confirmed that the Board of Registrars did have the authority to investigate challenges such as Gallagher’s and could even request assistance from the police.

Sidley said that even though an official from the Salem town clerk’s office said Saab was on Salem’s voter checklist with a status of active, it could be a mistake on Salem’s part. And he insisted the board could not, and would not, make a phone call to Salem to find if a mistake had been made or if Saab had voted in Salem while also registered in Salisbury.

Becotte and Keane sought to continue the hearing in order to seek further guidance from town counsel. But Sidley and McDonald lobbied and offered motions to drop the case. Becotte eventually capitulated, but Keane didn’t approve it. The motion passed with three affirmative votes.

McDonald said if evidence does surface that indicates Saab voted in two different communities, she would send it to the secretary of state.

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