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Re: Election Madness


Regarding Kathryn’s Corner item about Kirsten Gillibrand’s vote being challenged:  Spurious vote challenges have a long history in that region.  In 1804 Martin Van Buren had recently returned to Kinderhook after a few years in Manhattan.  When he tried to vote in the gubernatorial election, a rival challenged his ballot on the grounds that he had not resided in the district long enough.  I believe that similar grounds were used to challenge Van Buren (unsuccessfully, as before) when he tried to vote for his own re-election as president in 1840.


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