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Former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway, with his back to the camera, addresses the Atlantic City Council on February 20, 2020. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Callaway says ballot furor was human error

By David Wildstein, June 30 2020 1:06 pm

Former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway dismissed allegations that he signed two different ballots for the July 7 Democratic primary as much ado about nothing.

“I realize I made a mistake because I’m a human being,” he told the New Jersey Globe on Tuesday morning.

The Atlantic County Board of Elections forwarded two ballots with Callaway’s signature to the election superintendent for an investigation.

According to Callaway, the mistake was an honest one.

“I can have the ballots because I was the messenger,” he said.

He said he had thought he voted his own ballot, but signed one of the three he was legally permitted to serve as a messenger for by accident.

“I mailed the ballots, got in my car, pulled down my visor and saw my own ballot,” Callaway said. “I immediately called the deputy county clerk and explained what happened.  I signed an affidavit.”

He said the Board of Elections was aware of the issue.

“It’s not even close to fraud.  There as nothing improper or illegal,” Callaway said. “It would be stupidity if I were going to do something like that.”

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