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OffbeatChris Collins Overcomes Indictment, Absentee Ballots, to Capture 4th House Term

01:05  15 december  2018
01:05  15 december  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Man at center of North Carolina election fraud probe turned in hundreds of absentee ballot requests

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[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]. Representative Chris Collins was narrowly re-elected to a fourth term , overcoming his indictment on insider trading charges and a prolonged vote count that left him with more than a 2,500-vote cushion.

Chris Collins Overcomes Indictment , Absentee Ballots , to Capture 4 th House Term . The Western New York race became competitive after the Republican representative was charged in August with insider trading.

Chris Collins Overcomes Indictment, Absentee Ballots, to Capture 4th House Term© John Normile/Getty Images After his indictment on insider trading charges, Representative Chris Collins ended his re-election campaign, only to resurrect it in September.

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Representative Chris Collins was narrowly re-elected to a fourth term, overcoming his indictment on insider trading charges and a prolonged vote count that left him with more than a 2,500-vote cushion.

Mr. Collins, a Republican from Western New York, defeated Nate McMurray, the Democratic town supervisor of Grand Island, N.Y., The Associated Press declared on Friday. Mr. McMurray had initially conceded the race on Election Day, but reconsidered the next morning, saying the race was “too close to call.”

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Collins did not support Trump in 2016; instead, she wrote in the name of House Speaker Paul Ryan. "That was very hard for me to do as a life-long Republican," Collins said. © Provided by CNN The Maine senator was coy about whether she would endorse Trump's bid for a second term .

None has more reason to be squeamish than Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who voted to strip out the individual mandate in the tax bill, providing the basis for Republican governors to sue and strike down (temporarily) Obamacare. Chris Collins Overcomes Indictment , Absentee Ballots

The race represented a startling turnaround for Mr. Collins, who had withdrawn from the contest in the 27th District after his indictment in August.

Federal prosecutors charged Mr. Collins with insider trading and lying to federal agents. They said Mr. Collins told people, including his son, that a company they had invested in, Innate Immunotherapeutics, had failed a crucial drug trial. Mr. Collins, who sat on the board of the company at the time, has vigorously denied the charges.

As local Republican leaders were looking for a replacement candidate, Mr. Collins re-entered the race, though it was sometimes hard to tell: In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Mr. Collins’s campaign did not release a public schedule, and he refused to debate Mr. McMurray.

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Topics On This Page Applying to Vote Absentee Completing an Absentee Ballot Application If you register to vote in person, your absentee ballot cannot be issued until five days after you

Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the " Ballots Herein" envelope provided with your absentee ballot . State law requires the voter to sign the application for an absentee ballot and oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot .

The indictment also had an impact on fund-raising: Mr. McMurray raised roughly $520,000 compared to Mr. Collins’s $33,000 in the third quarter, with only $80 coming from individuals in the congressman’s district.

Chris Collins Overcomes Indictment, Absentee Ballots, to Capture 4th House Term© Jeffrey T. Barnes/Associated Press Nate McMurray had conceded the race on Election Day, but reconsidered the next morning, saying the race was “too close to call.”

As polls showed the race tightening, national Democrats — who initially shunned Mr. McMurray because of his extreme long-shot status — began to rally behind him. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned with Mr. McMurray in Lancaster, N.Y., and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started spending money on his campaign in mid-October.

But in a district that President Trump won by 25 points, Mr. McMurray ultimately fell short.

The victory is particularly important for Republicans, who lost at least 39 House seats in the midterm elections. In New York, three Democrats ousted incumbent Republicans, and Mr. Collins was seen as vulnerable after the indictment.

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Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections. You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election.

An absentee ballot is a vote cast by someone who is unable or unwilling to attend the official polling station to which the voter is normally allocated. Numerous methods have been devised to facilitate this. Increasing the ease of access to absentee ballots is seen by many as one way to improve voter

Mr. Collins, who is not scheduled to appear in court until 2020, told local outlets his legal issues will not impact his work as a member of Congress.

“What I have to do now is compartmentalize my legal issue to defend myself in 2020,” he told a Buffalo-area television station, WIVB. “I have to compartmentalize because it is what it is. And I know I’m innocent and I’m confident I will be exonerated, and stick it on the shelf. Will I think about it? Of course I will. It’s not going to impact my day-to-day work.”

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Documents detail how absentee ballots gathered in NC vote.
Newly released affidavits allege absentee ballots were collected from North Carolina voters by the man at the center of vote fraud allegations or those working for him. The latest documents were released by the state elections board Sunday and focus on last month's 9th Congressional District race. One voter alleges he gave his signed but otherwise blank mail-in absentee ballot directly to McCrae Dowless, who had been hired by the chief strategist for Republican Mark Harris' campaign. It's illegal for anyone other than a close relative or guardian to take a person's ballot.

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