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Marlborough man accused of voter fraud

A former candidate for the Marlborough City Council was arraigned yesterday on voter fraud charges for allegedly handing in an absentee ballot application for a man who had died earlier in the year, Middlesex prosecutors said yesterday.

Mark Evangelous, 51, of Marlborough, faces charges of forgery, uttering, and violating absentee voting laws, District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office said.

Middlesex Superior Court Assistant Clerk Magistrate Matt Day released Evangelous on personal recognizance. Day scheduled another hearing in the case March 14.

“Obviously, he pled not guilty and we intend to fight the charges,’’ said Evangelous’s lawyer, Anthony Cardinale of Boston.

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Prosecutors said that on Oct. 28 at about 9:45 a.m., Evangelous handed in a handwritten absentee ballot application at City Hall that was filled out with the name of an 89-year-old city resident. The resident’s signature appeared at the bottom of the application; an area designated for indicating that the person needed assistance in filling out the form was left blank.

A City Hall worker found that the resident on the application was not registered to vote and had passed away earlier in the year, prosecutors said. Marlborough police investigated.

Evangelous was indicted Jan. 31.