Post Challenges 1st Barnstable District Election Ballot Misprint

By: Bronwen Walsh

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BREWSTER – Barnstable County Superior Court on Friday denied a request from First Barnstable District candidate Tracy Post to reprint 2,500 ballots that incorrectly identified one of her opponents as an incumbent.

“Mistakes happen – it is what it is,” Post said by phone Friday. “I’m upset about how they handled the mistake. They had no intention of working with us,” she said of the office of Secretary of State William Galvin.

Post, a Republican, is running against Democrat Christopher Flanagan of Dennis and Independent Abraham Kasparian, Jr. of Yarmouth Port for the House seat held by Tim Whelan since 2015. With the Brewster Republican is stepping down so that he can run for Barnstable County Sheriff, there is no incumbent in the race.

Both Whelan and Gov. Charlie Baker have endorsed Post. The First Barnstable District includes Brewster, Dennis and six precincts in Yarmouth.
“I’m just staying focused,” Post said. “He (Flanagan) was able to get a designation that he didn’t earn. I do believe there is an advantage; the designation has the power to influence voters. How can I do nothing?

“Information from the Secretary of State’s Office should be correct,” she added.

Post said her attorneys are exploring options.

“The right thing to do is not count the defective ballots,” she said, “but nobody wants to take voters’ vote away.”

For a videotaped debate between the three candidates recorded on Oct. 18, visit capemedia.org or lwvcapecod.org.