The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hopes of winning a primary election. Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who referred the case to District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni for possible criminal prosecution, said the alleged scheme in the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow is extremely unusual and could lead to jail time for anyone involved.
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