Chautauqua County District Attorney James Subjack has been named special prosecutor in a felony vote fraud case against Cattaraugus County Legislator Larry G. Mack.
Subjack was named by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein after District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey asked to be replaced because the district attorney's office is a county-funded agency, posing a conflict of interest.
Mack, 47, of Humphrey has pleaded innocent to 27 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. During his arraignment last week, he waived his rights to a preliminary hearing, sending the matter to Cattaraugus County Court and a grand jury.
The charges resulted from an investigation by sheriff's deputies, who questioned voters in District 6 -- towns of Hinsdale, Humphrey, Ischua, Lyndon and Portville -- about methods Mack used to obtain absentee ballots for voting in the Sept. 14 primary. Conservative, Independence and Right To Life party voters were targeted.
Several voters said they were unable to go to the polls so filed for an absentee ballot. When police questioned them, several of the same voters said they hadn't left the area Sept. 14.
Unofficial results show Mack and Mark S. Williams, R-Hinsdale, will be on the Conservative and Independence lines in November; Williams and Thomas Mosher, a Republican, will be on the Right To Life lines, and Mack and Jan Jadlowski of Portville will be on the Democrat line.