HUDSON — Columbia County Republican Elections Commissioner Kelly Miller-Simmons announced Wednesday she filed a complaint with state and federal authorities against the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

In the complaint, Miller-Simmons alleges misuse of mail and fraudulently misrepresenting an absentee mailing that did not come from the county board of elections.

Miller-Simmons said she received complaints and phone calls from voters about a suspected fraudulent mailing which she said was an envelope addressed to Democratic voters with a return address for the Columbia County Board of Elections.

Miller-Simmons said the mail used the “Official Election Mail Authorized by the US Postal Service” indicia authorized by the post office for official election mail only. It contains a pre-filled state of New York absentee ballot application with a return envelope to the county board of elections.

“I want to alert all voters this is not from the Columbia County Board of Elections,” Miller-Simmons said. “This is not official election mail from an official government source. We did not approve this mailing. We did not give permission to use the county board of elections address or the post office indicia. We would never give permission for use of our official bipartisan authority for such a purpose. I don’t know who made the decision to do this, but it was not the Columbia County Board of Elections.”

Miller-Simmons said the mail was meant to mislead voters into believing it was official mail from the board of elections.

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