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Former Erie County legislator charged with harassing voter

Betty Jean Grant wearing a  black "We Are Women Warriors" t-shirt.
Thomas O'Neil-White
Betty Jean Grant protests outside of The Buffalo News July 20 over its coverage of Buffalo Democratic mayoral candidate India Walton.

Former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with an incident at an early voting polling place.

According to a release from the District Attorney's Office, Grant is alleged to have entered an occupied voting booth on Oct. 23 while another person was preparing a ballot at the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo. It is also alleged Grant filmed the individual who was submitting a ballot and streamed the event on social media.

The 73-year-old Grant was issued an appearance ticket to face the charge of misdemeanor in relation to elections under New York State Election Law and one count of harassment in the second degree, which is a violation. She is due back in court on Dec. 6.

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