Polling worker admits to stamping Brown's name on ballots

Luz Pena fined $100 for violating election laws.
Luz Pena was fined $100 after pleading guilty to violating state election law. Pena admitted to stamping Byron Brown's name on ballots in 2021.
Photo credit Erie County DA's Office

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A former polling place worker is fined after admitting to stamping Byron Brown's name on absentee ballots.

59-year-old Luz Pena was sentenced to a $100 fine and an unconditional discharge.

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On election day 2021, Pena used a stamp to place the name of Byron W. Brown as a write-in mayoral candidate on numerous ballots in violation of New York Election Law. The crime occurred while the defendant was working at a polling place inside of the Belle Center on Maryland Street in the City of Buffalo.

She pleaded guilty to Attempting to Commit a Crime Against the Elective Franchise, an unclassified misdemeanor under the state's election law.