Political, legal fate hangs in balance for Mele

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GOP Congressional candidate Anthony Mele is juggling political and legal developments after he admitted he wrote on 21 ballots at the Cola Community Center in Yonkers during last week?s primary. Mele wrote his name and the name of his opponent, York Kleinhandler, on 21 ballots. The 17th District candidate said he did so because he was angry the names were not on the ballot. Although Yonkers police did not charge Mele with anything, the case has been turned over to the district attorney. Westchester County Election Commissioner Reginald Lafayette says it is against state law to deface ballots. In addition, Lafayette says Mele performed his actions in the 18th District, not the 17th. On the political front, Kleinhandler leads Mele by just nine votes with 99 percent of the districts reporting.

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