Judge rules election fraud case may continue over Windham school closing vote

A judge on Monday ruled that a case alleging voter fraud in a vote to keep Windham Elementary School open may continue, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

In November, two parents at Windham Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the town of Windham and three defendants who they claim voted in a local election while no longer being residents of Windham.

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Windham Elementary School

A vote to close the school and give local residents school choice originally passed by two votes in September. But after a re-vote was successfully petitioned, a second vote held in November resulted in keeping Windham Elementary School open — it passed by three votes.

Town officials requested that the case be dismissed, but on Monday Judge Katherine Hayes  denied the town’s motion.

“As the parties are aware, a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s claims ‘should not be granted unless it is beyond doubt that there exist no facts or circumstances that would entitle the plaintiff to relief,'” she wrote, citing case law.

The plaintiffs argue that three residents who voted in the elections have been residing in the town of Peru since the spring of 2020, and therefore should not have voted in the election. They also claim their votes changed the outcome of the election on whether to close the school

Plaintiffs Erin Kehoe and Crystal Corriveau, both of Windham, favor closing the school. They allege that one of the defendants, Lisa Beshay, made known publicly that she no longer lives in Windham, and had signed a statement under oath in August of 2021 asserting that she resides in Peru now, without any intention to return, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

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VOTE ONLY IF YOU LIVE THERE: The question of whether someone really lives in a community becomes a serious matter when determining voter eligibility.

The two other defendants who allegedly participated in the votes are Alex Beshay and Chris Streker.

The plaintiffs also allege that Carolyn Partridge, a member of the Town Board of Civil Authority and former member of the Town School Board, began a petition drive to get the re-vote. They shared an email with the court in which Beshay asks Partridge if she could participate in the Windham elections after she had already moved to Peru because she still owned property in Windham. According to the decision, Partridge said she could vote in Windham, but only if she intended to move back there as a resident and hadn’t yet registered to vote elsewhere.

The plaintiffs are seeking that the court set “aside the election results due to fraud, i.e. due to the three voters who they allege were not residents and thus were not qualified to vote, being permitted to do so,” according to the decision.

The town is against overturning the results of the November re-vote election, arguing that even if the three votes of the defendants were removed from the tally, the result is a tie.

Corriveau and Kehoe argue a tie on a reconsideration vote doesn’t overturn the first vote in which the town voted to close the school.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at bielawski82@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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2 thoughts on “Judge rules election fraud case may continue over Windham school closing vote

  1. Voting should be a very simple process, voting is a privilege for its legal citizens within
    the country and within your registered state !!

    All the shenanigans that have and will continue to happen, until you eliminate the unsolicited
    ballots, if you have the physical ability go to your local poll, if not then ” request ” a ballot, all
    these other scenarios are just an avenue to cheat, even in little Windham !!

    Remember Vermont, J Condos stated the electronic machines are perfect, and he likes the
    ” publisher clearing house ” bulk mailout ballots process, I wonder why ??

    So are you happy with the financial condition of the state, and who’s making all the policies
    that are not in your best interest tax & spend !!

  2. Keep digging, my relatives AGAIN got an early voting card from the state, even though they have been registered to vote in Florida for YEARS and complained/reported the previous election that it was wrong and should be removed.

    I have a copy of 2000 mules if anyone is interested. There is voter fraud. Many want to keep things quiet. Members of both parties have used election fraud.

    Just like EB-5 , move along folks, nothing to see here, nothing to see….

    Meanwhile those in local vermont government, if they don’t get what they want from the people they hold special elections, over and over at odd times until they get what they want.

    Then if people petition for change with 5%, they vote to need 10%…..

    Seems some are not interested in what the populace wants….

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