The Otsego County Republican Committee has filed a formal complaint with the state Board of Elections against Lentz, who was elected as the Otsego County Board representative in District 5 by 25 votes over Republican Jamie Waters.
The complaint said in part that Lentz was observed engaging with voters and election inspectors at the polling site. He did not possess or deliver a required poll-watcher certificate to the inspectors, the complaint said. Given the close nature of the race, “it is our claim that Mr. Lentz’s actions affected the outcome of the election in his favor,” the complaint stated.
Lentz said he did have a poll-watcher certificate, and denied the charges.
The state Board of Elections did not act on the complaint because it was received too late, but we feel Lentz was wrong to have been at the polling site. As a candidate, an appearance of impropriety can be just as bad as doing something improper. His appearance violated the spirit of no electioneering at the poll site.