… felony and misdemeanor election law charges are flying by the dozen.
A sitting election commissioner and a former election official have been charged with dozens of criminal charges involving alleged violations of election law.
Democratic Election Commissioner Fran Knapp (pictured) and former Republican Election Commissioner David Gamache pleaded not guilty in Dutchess County Court this afternoon.
Knapp faces 46 felonies and 48 misdemeanors. Gamache faces one felony and three misdemeanors.
Knapp’s charges include several counts of misconduct of an election officer and making an apparently sworn false statement, class E felonies. She also faces misdemeanors of official miscount and offering a false instrument for filing.
Gamache was charged with one count of misconduct of an election officer, a felony, as well as misdemeanors of official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing.
They waived reading of the charges in court and were released on their own recognizance.
The PoJo first reported in April that a grand jury had been looking at corruption in the Board of Elections.