Voting irregularities underline need for election law reform

In Robeson County, a new election has been ordered due to these problems that occurred in their November municipal elections:

•  At least eight voters improperly voted one-stop absentee.

•  Nine young men associated with a basketball program used improper identification – a private lease – as proof of residence to register at same-day voter registration at the Robeson board of elections. However, Robeson board staff “incorrectly accepted such documentation” and allowed the basketball players to vote, according to the order.

•  Some voters might not have used their current residences for voting and were encouraged by others to use different addresses.

And Forsyth County Board of Elections officials have filed a petition asking for the termination of one of their members from the Board. The petition includes 91 bullet points – everything from the way Winston Salem State University voter registrations were handled, to problems with vote recounts, to providing incorrect information. The State Board of Elections is carefully reviewing the case. 
Many of these issues are addressed in the election law changes recently passed into law in North Carolina. Some have objected but their concerns are without merit. The changes bring North Carolina more in line with what other states are doing. And most importantly as illustrated with the two examples above, preserve and protect the integrity of our elections

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