Mapleview voter says election judge, council member were out of linePublished 11:00am Friday, November 9, 2012
The pot is stirred in Mapleview, and residents are still stirring.
Former city council member and current resident Kris Finley says she, her ex-husband and son were badgered by an election judge. She believes the judge and others were trying to prevent Finley from being re-elected.
Finley’s ex-husband, whose residence is listed as Blooming Prairie, lives with Finley in Mapleview and is registered to vote in that town. Finley said the judge tried to embarrass them and would not let her ex, Darin Finley, fill out a ballot. Darin was eventually able to vote but was allegedly questioned about how often he is at Kris’ home.
It’s unmistakable: Mapleview has issues. Its residents are divided, almost right down the middle, and have been clashing about issues for quite some time.
“It was embarrassing,” Kris said.
Kris received complaint forms from Mower County Auditor-Treasurer Doug Groh and planned to turn them in at the County Attorney’s Office yesterday.
Groh told Kris Darin’s voting situation is no different than a college student filling out an absentee ballot and voting in his or her hometown. Kris said she would file a complaint about the election judge and another against a City Council member who she claims was inside the building before polls opened. She added that council member told election judges to not let Darin vote.
While Kris did not get re-elected to the City Council, she said she isn’t filing a complaint because she is mad about that.
“I’m not doing this because I’m disgruntled over losing the election,” Kris said.
Groh didn’t take sides in the issue but has been informed about it.
The Mower County Attorney’s Office will review the complaint and decide whether to pursue any action.