Monday, September 24, 2007

Postage stamp give-away

Ohio elections officials suspect that Akron Councilman Bruce Kilby has been buying votes - one postage stamp at a time. According to the Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer, Kilby has been giving away $1 postage stamps to absentee voters.

While he considers the practice no more illegal than the emery boards, calendars or free rides to the polls offered by other candidates, the County Board of Elections members will decide this week whether to refer his campaign techniques to the county prosecutor and the sheriff for investigation.

Kilby sent the postage stamps to absentee voters because he wanted to make sure that no one failed to vote because they could not afford the 97-cent postage required. Kilby said his postage bill for absentee ballots during this year's primary was $382 - $1 for the absentee envelopes and the 41-cent cost of mailing the $1 stamp to them.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM