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Maine officer refused vote while carrying gun

October 31, 2010

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BANGOR, Maine—A Bangor police officer says he wasn't allowed to cast his ballot when an election warden refused to let him vote while wearing his service revolver.

James Dearing said he was patrolling his beat Friday when he stopped to vote at the Bangor Civic Center. He said that's where warden Wayne Mallar said he couldn't vote unless he turned over his weapon.

Dearing refused, and then wrote a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Dunlap told the Bangor Daily News on Sunday there is no state law prohibiting officers from carrying firearms while voting.

Mallar told the paper he wouldn't comment other than to say he has the right to make determinations about safety.

For his part, Dearing said he wants two things -- for the warden to admit he made a mistake, and to cast his vote.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com

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