The Attorney General’s Office has been asked to investigate the handling of voter records kept in Mont Vernon, hometown of Speaker of the House William O’Brien. Town resident Joyce Cardoza filed a complaint this week after reading news reports that O’Brien’s son Brendan was registered to vote in both his hometown and in Lewiston, Maine, where he attended college and ran for public office in 2009.
Cardoza, a registered Democrat, noted that Speaker O’Brien’s wife Roxanne is one of three supervisors of the checklist who handle voter registration matters. State law requires local election officials to take specific steps to notify officials in a voter’s previous town of a change in registration.
In this case, the registration form young O’Brien filled out when he voted in Mont Vernon in November 2010 never made it to Lewiston. State law requires supervisors of the checklist to send a copy of the registration form to a voter’s previous town if it lies within New England.
Kathleen M. Montejo, Lewiston city clerk, said Tuesday that Brendan O’Brien remains registered to vote in her city.
“If he is on our list, then we didn’t get a form,” she said. “He is still registered here.”
The issue hits directly at Speaker O’Brien, who this year questioned the values of college voters, and advocated changes in voter registration law that would have made it more difficult for students to vote in the towns where they attend school.