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More Broward County Florida election malfeasance, Brenda Snipes’ office improperly discarded thousands of ballots, Judge Raag Singhal ruled Broward Supervisor of Elections illegally destroyed ballots, 2012 nearly a thousand ballots not included in Florida’s final count found in warehouse

More Broward County Florida election malfeasance, Brenda Snipes’ office improperly discarded thousands of ballots, Judge Raag Singhal ruled Broward Supervisor of Elections illegally destroyed ballots, 2012 nearly a thousand ballots not included in Florida’s final count found in warehouse

“High importance. I met with Jim and Mike in Denver. They are both old friends of the Clintons and have lots of experience. Mike hosted our Boulder Road Show event. They are reliving the 08 caucuses where they believe the Obama forces flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters. They want to organize lawyers for caucus protection, election protection and to raise hard $.”…Podesta Wikileaks email leak

“What is your threshold for acceptable voter fraud since 1 vote can win most elections?”…Citizen Wells

“It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”…Joseph Stalin

 

From the Miami Herald.

“Judge’s ruling that ballots were illegally destroyed continues Broward election woes

Florida’s Secretary of State plans to send an elections expert to the state’s second-largest county during the upcoming elections to “ensure that all laws are followed,” after a judge ruled that the Broward Supervisor of Elections illegally destroyed ballots cast in a 2016 congressional race.

Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal issued an order Friday determining that Supervisor Brenda Snipes’ office improperly discarded thousands of ballots cast two years ago in the Democratic primary race between Tim Canova and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In a ruling first reported by Politico, Singhal sided with Canova, who filed a lawsuit last year after he said Snipes ignored and then illegally obstructed his request to copy and inspect ballots.

Snipes contends that her office kept scanned, electronic copies of the ballots and did nothing wrong. She plans to challenge the order. But heading into the mid-term elections, Singhal’s determination that Snipes broke state and federal law is sure to spark controversy around an office that oversees voting in Florida’s most reliably Democratic county.

“Given all the scrutiny going on about elections processes these days and elections concerns, one has to wonder why on the eve of having to produce these records they were destroyed,” Frank Rainer, an attorney for Canova, said in an interview.

Canova and Snipes have been wrangling over ballots for 18 months, dating back to a records request filed by a Canova representative shortly after he lost the primary election for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District to Wasserman Schultz by a 16-point margin in a race where nearly 200,000 votes were cast. The district dips a little into Dade County, but is mostly located in Broward.

Concerned about the integrity of the election, Canova wanted to inspect paper ballots and obtain copies. He sued in June 2017, arguing that Snipes was stonewalling him.

Canova’s first lawsuit was dismissed as Snipes fought back, calling his records requests unreasonable and arguing that Canova was trying to conduct his own manual recount of the election in ways that ran afoul of state law. But Canova amended his complaint, and in November Snipes’ office admitted in court that they’d destroyed paper ballots two months earlier.”

Read more:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article211080274.html

From Citizen Wells November 14, 2012.

“Nearly a thousand ballots that were not included in Florida’s final count have been found in a warehouse in Broward County.

Tuesday morning and into the night, there was a buzz of activity at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill, a week after the general election. There was a recount going on for two commission seats that were too close to call, one in Hallandale Beach and another in Dania Beach. Workers had to count those votes manually.

Also keeping elections officials busy is the fact that 963 filled ballots were found in a warehouse. The supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, said this happens all the time, especially when dealing with paper ballots. Her department is not the only one to have seen more ballots added to the final number after the election, and they have until Nov. 18 to certify all the votes.

Snipes noted that it is a routine thing to look for these kind of mishaps after election night and she is just glad that they are now being tallied into that final count.”

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Judge Roy Moore election complaint December 27, 2017, To Delay Certification Until Full V0ter Fraud Investigation Is Conducted, Three national Election Integrity experts: election fraud occurred

Judge Roy Moore election complaint December 27, 2017, To Delay Certification Until Full V0ter Fraud Investigation Is Conducted, Three national Election Integrity experts: election fraud occurred

“Maria Sanchez was arrested on May 6, 2008 by investigators of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office for stealing and using the identity of Veronica Arias.
Sanchez used the name, SSN, DOB, of Veronica Arias who is a living resident of Texas.
As a post-arrest procedure, Maria Sanchez was processed under the 287G program and identified as an illegal alien. She was subsequently processed for deportation.
Sanchez was provided work notes by the Alamance County Health Department to return to work at HondaPower Equipment (this creates substantial tax implications for the real Veronica Arias who is a lawful U.S. resident/citizen).”…Alamance County NC sheriff report 2008

“High importance. I met with Jim and Mike in Denver. They are both old friends of the Clintons and have lots of experience. Mike hosted our Boulder Road Show event. They are reliving the 08 caucuses where they believe the Obama forces flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters. They want to organize lawyers for caucus protection, election protection and to raise hard $.”…Podesta Wikileaks email leak

“What is your threshold for acceptable voter fraud since 1 vote can win most elections?”…Citizen Wells

 

From Judge Roy Moore for Senate.

“JUDGE ROY MOORE FILES ELECTION COMPLAINT TO DELAY CERTIFICATION UNTIL FULL VOTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION IS CONDUCTED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 27, 2017
Contact: Janet Porter
Phone: 202-241-2228

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An election complaint was filed today on behalf of Roy S. Moore and Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in the Circuit Court of Montgomery Alabama. The purpose of the complaint is to preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted.

Three national Election Integrity experts reached the same independent conclusion: “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty…election fraud occurred.”

The election experts, who submitted affidavits in the complaint, agree that the irregularities in 20 precincts of Jefferson County alone are enough to reverse the outcome of the election. Richard Charnin, who holds three degrees in applied mathematics, and who has written four books on election fraud, calculates the probability of the election results in these precincts happening naturally is “less than one in 15 billion.”

Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false.

Moore stated, “It’s appalling that the Democrat Senate Majority PAC and the Republican Senate Leadership Fund both spent millions to run false and malicious ads against me in this campaign.”

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” said Moore. “We call on Secretary of State Merrill to delay certification until there is a thorough investigation of what three independent election experts agree took place: election fraud sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election.”

Secretary of State John Merrill, along with Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall, will make their decision regarding certification tomorrow, December 28. The citizens of Alabama who care about voter integrity are encouraged to call them and ask for a delay in certification and a preservation of evidence until an investigation is conducted.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill: 334-242-7200
Governor Kay Ivey: 334-242-7100
Attorney General Steve Marshall: 334-242-7300

For press inquiries related to the election complaint, please contact Janet Porter at 202-241-2228.

Copyright © 2017 Judge Roy Moore For US Senate, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Judge Roy Moore For US Senate
P.O. Box 5032 Montgomery, AL 36103”

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Durham County NC recount results, Cooper gains 90 McCrory gains 40, Close enough for government work?, 131 votes off in 1 of 100 counties, Damned NC media lying to public, 339 illegal felons found voting in state, Civitas lawsuit challenges same day registration, Citizen Wells real news

Durham County NC recount results, Cooper gains 90 McCrory gains 40, Close enough for government work?, 131 votes off in 1 of 100 counties, Damned NC media lying to public, 339 illegal felons found voting in state, Civitas lawsuit challenges same day registration, Citizen Wells real news

“Other payments which are disclosed on Bladen County Improvement Association PAC contribution reports include
the following:

Mary Johnson, witness for 74 ballots, $450;
Lola Wooten, witness for 58 ballots, $500;
Deborah Cogdell, witness for 45 ballots (including both witnesses on 1 ballot), $300; and
Bridgette Keaton, witness for 16 ballots, $630.”…Bladen County NC election protest

“The end justifies the means, the template of the left.”…Citizen Wells

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

Citizen Wells here to present the real news about the Durham County NC recount in the gubernatorial election.

You sure as hell are not getting it from the “fake news” based mainstream media.

There are errors of commission and omission.

And then of course there is evil.

In the past several days I can find no other source on the internet reporting the following.

Despite what the Durham County Board of Elections has been trying to cover up for, the change in recount that was reported to the state is significant. A change of 131 votes in one county out of 100.

I would be willing to bet that even this number is not accurate.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens:

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”

Here are the results:

Roy Cooper gain of 90 votes.

Pat McCrory gain of 40 votes.

Lon Cecil gain of 1 vote.

Durham County Canvass:

November 29, 2016.

http://dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=19916

December 8, 2016.

http://dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=19980

From the Raleigh News Observer December 5, 2016.

“Cooper picks up six votes on McCrory in Durham County recount”

“Durham County Board of Elections officials said their recount of 94,000 votes proved once again that the results that they reported on election night were accurate.

“We’ve been run through the wringer on this, and now proven to everybody that there was no problem,” said Durham County Board of Elections Chairman Bill Brian. “We have now proven to them three or four times there was no problem.”

In the recount completed Monday afternoon, Attorney General Roy Cooper picked up six votes, while Gov. Pat McCrory’s total stayed the same. Republican McCrory conceded to Democrat Cooper on Monday as the recount wrapped up.

After receiving the new count, Durham County officials made the election results official, marking the end of a two-week delay that followed Republican leaders and McCrory questioning the legitimacy of Durham County votes. Questions about the votes arose after the left-leaning county’s results were reported about 11:45 p.m. election night, pushing Cooper ahead of McCrory.

Brian, a Republican, along with the two other board members, a Republican and a Democrat, said the recount results remove the idea of a “taint” on the Durham County election that the State Board of Elections referred to when they ordered the recount last week.

The Republican-led State Board of Elections voted 3-2 along party lines Wednesday to order a machine recount of about 94,000 votes in Durham County by 7 p.m. Monday. The order backed the request from Republicans and McCrory’s campaign. The state board’s decision overturned the Durham County board, which had rejected the recount request as baseless.

“The only taint that was ever on Durham was put there by the state board,” Brian said.

Durham County officials had defended the original results, saying the votes came in late after they had to manually enter voting information because they were unable to upload data from six cards that saved information from ballot tabulators.

Data from five of the cards could not be uploaded to software because the number of votes per race exceeded the software’s memory limitation. A sixth card may have had a battery problem. Officials instead entered the information from the tabulators’ paper tapes.

Thomas Stark, general counsel for the N.C. Republican Party, said the recount results show that part of the process worked out the way it should, in spite of some glitches.

Stark said he still wasn’t confident that the statewide count was accurate.

“I think we have a lot of ineligible voters that are voting in North Carolina,” he said, and officials need to take a closer look at the issue. But proving those concerns takes “a lot longer than you have in the post-election canvass process,” he said.”

Read more:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article119008643.html

From the Civitas Institute December 6, 2016.

“Yesterday the Civitas Institute decided to withdraw its request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to remove same-day ballots from certification, while the lawsuit requesting voter verification of same-day registrants in accordance with the law and constitution moves forward.

Civitas president Francis De Luca said, “Our decision to drop the request for the temporary injunction avoids any continued disruption to the conclusion of the election, given the political realities. It is important to focus on the core issue of the suit, which seeks to ensure the equal treatment of voters under the law. To count ballots without proper verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another and ignores federal and state laws. We hope all can now focus on the important issue of voter verification. The federal lawsuit will move forward.””

https://www.nccivitas.org/2016/21758/

 

 

 

 

NC State Board of Elections denies Bladen County protest that implicated North Carolina Democrat Party of possible fraud, Criminal investigation mentioned in Nov 20 meeting, Perkins Coie helped Obama now helping Cooper et al to hide fraud?

NC State Board of Elections denies Bladen County protest that implicated North Carolina Democrat Party of possible fraud, Criminal investigation mentioned in Nov 20 meeting, Perkins Coie helped Obama now helping Cooper et al to hide fraud?

Mary Johnson, witness for 74 ballots, $450;
Lola Wooten, witness for 58 ballots, $500;
Deborah Cogdell, witness for 45 ballots (including both witnesses on 1 ballot), $300; and
Bridgette Keaton, witness for 16 ballots, $630.”…Bladen County NC election protest

“The end justifies the means, the template of the left.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

The following facts regarding the Bladen County NC election protest are  presented without commentary.

From Citizen Wells November 19, 2016.

“From the McCrory website.

“Hundreds of Fraudulent Cooper Ballots Discovered, Challenged In Bladen County

N.C. Democrat Party-Funded PAC Involved In Apparent Massive Voter Fraud Scheme”

“A formal protest has been filed with the Bladen County Board of Elections to challenge several hundred apparently fraudulent absentee ballots cast for Roy Cooper and other Democrats in Bladen County. Initial evidence laid out in the protest suggests a “massive scheme to run an absentee ballot mill involving hundreds of ballots, perpetrated by and through the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC,” a political action committee funded by the N.C. Democrat Party and other prominent statewide Democrats.””

https://citizenwells.com/2016/11/19/nc-democrat-party-complicit-in-massive-voter-fraud-in-north-carolina-funded-bladen-county-improvement-association-pac-protest-filed-first-by-voter-and-candidate-mccrae-dowless-governor-pat-mccrory/

From the NC State Board of Elections emergency meeting of November 20, 2016.

Mr. Malcolm: “Ms Strach is it true that state board staff has been deployed to Bladen County to investigate allegations related to the most recent election?”

Director Strach: “Yes sir.”

Mr. Malcolm: “Is it true you’ve been in constant contact with those folks as to what they have learned during the course of their investigation?”

Director Strach: “Yes sir.”

Mr. Malcolm: “Is it true that what’s been reported back to you rises to the level to create concern in your mind to whether inappropriate activities by individuals within or perhaps outside the county whether things like that have occurred.

Director Strach: “Yes sir.”

Mr. Malcolm: “Umm, Mr. Chairman in the interest of keeping the active, what may be perceived as a criminal investigation outside the purview of the public, it’s my recommendation that this board exercise its authority under 163-182.12 and take jurisdiction over the allegations known and unknown that are occurring or have occurred in Bladen county as it relates to the most recent election on November 8.”

The dialogue can be heard at 1:41:38.

Kevin Hamilton of Perkins Coie on December 2, 2016 sent a letter to the NC State Board of Elections on behalf of Roy Cooper and NC Democrat Party.

“Re: In re Protest of Election by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr.

Dear Members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections:

I write on behalf of Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Democratic Party. The purpose of this letter is to request that the Board take no action with regard to the Election Protest filed by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. that would disenfranchise voters who committed no election law violation, and to count their votes, at least with regard to elections that are not implicated in Mr. Dowless’s Protest.

Mr. Dowless’s Protest alleges that individuals assisting voters, rather than the voters themselves, wrote the name of write-in candidate “Franklin Graham” on “hundreds” of ballots. See Protest § 6. The protest appears to be alleging a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-226.3(a)(1), which makes it a felony “[f]or any person except the voter’s near relative or the voter’s verifiable legal guardian to assist the voter to vote an absentee ballot when the voter is voting an absentee ballot other than under the procedure described in G.S. 163-227.2;
provided that if there is not a near relative or legal guardian available to assist the voter, the voter may request some other person to give assistance.”1

1 To the extent Mr. Dowless’s Protest alleges that individuals served as a witness for multiple absentee ballots, that is not a violation of law; and it certainly is not a violation of law by the voter, who would have no reason to know how many envelopes a particular individual has signed as a witness.

We do not know what evidence the Board will hear during its hearing to consider this protest. If the Board determines that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226.3(a)(1) was violated, but that the voters themselves did intend to vote in the manner indicated on their ballots, then we would respectfully submit that those ballots should be counted.

North Carolina law is clear that voter’s choices are to be determined and respected. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.1(a). “No official ballot shall be rejected because of technical errors in marking it, unless it is impossible to clearly determine the voter’s choice.” Id. § 163-182(a)(2). Improper assistance may be a crime on the part of the assister, but it is certainly not a crime committed by the voter, much less a reason to disregard his or her ballot. See id. § 163-226.3(a)(1).

Even if the Board determines that certain write-in votes were not, in fact, the choice of the voter, North Carolina law still compels the counting of other votes on the ballot so long as those votes reflect the voter’s choice. “If it is impossible to clearly determine a voter’s choice in a ballot item, the official ballot shall not be counted for that ballot item, but shall be counted in all other ballot items in which the voter’s choice can be clearly determined.” Id. §163-182.1(a)(3).

Finally, the only election specifically protested by Mr. Dowless was “November 8, 2016, Bladen County, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.” Protest § 4. While Mr. Dowless does make a general reference to “all other candidates on the ballot in this November 8, 2016 General Election in Bladen County,” id., the removal of any ballots implicated would not “cast doubt on the results of” most of those elections. N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-182.10(d)(2)c. It would be contrary to the letter and spirit of North Carolina law, and contrary to the Board’s order of November 28, 2016, ordering the dismissal of protests that do not allege sufficient numerical issues to cast doubt on the results of an election, to refuse
to give effect to voters’ intent in elections that are not cast in doubt. Thus, the Board should count voters’ choices in the gubernatorial election, and in all other elections that are neither affected by the write-in vote nor close enough to be affected by the potential removal of these votes.

Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

Kevin J. Hamilton
Attorney for Cooper for North Carolina and the North Carolina Democratic Party”

https://www.scribd.com/document/333199634/Kevin-Hamilton-of-Perkins-Coie-December-2-2016-letter-to-NC-State-Board-of-Elections-on-behalf-of-Roy-Cooper-and-NC-Democrat-Party

John Branch, McCrory attorney, letter to NC Board of Elections.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-12-03/Correspondence_McCrory_2016-12-2-.pdf

From the NC State Board of Elections December 4, 2016.

State Board dismisses Bladen County protests

SBE: State Board dismisses Bladen County protests

 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections voted Saturday to dismiss the election protest of Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. of Bladen County, citing a lack of substantial evidence of a violation of election law or other irregularity or misconduct sufficient to cast doubt on the results of the election.

 

The State Board also unanimously dismissed a protest on appeal from Kenneth Register of Bladen County, citing the same reason.

 

Board member Joshua D. Malcolm also made a motion for the State Board to make available to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina any and all information in the State Board’s possession regarding the 2016 general election in Bladen County. That motion passed unanimously.

http://www.ncsbe.gov/press-releases?udt_2226_param_detail=146

From the Greensboro News Record December 3, 2016.

“McCrory asks SBI to look into potential voter fraud

The State Board of Elections dismissed a complaint originating from a rural North Carolina county that could have prevented scores of ballots from being counted in close races for governor and auditor.

The board voted 3-2 on Saturday to reject the protest from a Bladen County candidate, who with assistance from Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign, alleged workers for a political committee that received Democratic funds fraudulently filled out absentee ballots.

Lawyers pushing the complaint suggested the board could throw out as many as 419 mail-in absentee ballots. They said evidence showed that a losing write-in candidate for soil and water conservation district supervisor showed up on nearly 170 ballots and may have originated from only seven people. The lawyers said none of those ballots should be tallied for any races.”

“”We have an obligation to ensure that every vote is counted accurately and that our elections process is conducted legally,” said McCrory. “Any verified instance of voter fraud or other illegal activity should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Republican elections board member James Baker joined the panel’s two Democrats in dismissing the complaint, saying voters signed the absentee ballots. There was no substantial evidence to suggest the choices weren’t their own, they said.

“I don’t see how we could deprive them of their vote … for every other race because we have some pretty serious misgivings about the soil and water race,” Baker said at the close of four hours of testimony and discussion. The board’s other two Republicans voted against dismissal.”

http://www.greensboro.com/ap/mccrory-asks-sbi-to-look-into-potential-voter-fraud/article_28af896b-11ba-5cdf-a069-e42b396b0e06.html

Perkins Coie represented Obama in numerous legal cases.

 

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NC State Board of Elections meeting Wednesday November 30, 2016, Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark, Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules, Durham County vote processing

NC State Board of Elections meeting Wednesday November 30, 2016, Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark, Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules, Durham County vote processing

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

The NC SBI has been investigating the Durham County Board of Elections handling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary elections. Although this does not directly relate to their performance during the general election, it does, I believe reveal a bigger problem there.

“North Carolina’s top criminal investigations agency is looking into whether there was wrongdoing in last spring’s primary election in Durham County, the likely ground zero in the ongoing fight over last week’s still-in-doubt race for governor.

A State Bureau of Investigation spokesman and Durham’s district attorney confirmed Monday that investigators have been on the case for two weeks.

The bureau is investigating whether crimes were committed in the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary elections. Some may have been counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong, according to an interim report presented to the state elections board in May. The miscount didn’t affect the primary’s outcome.”

http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/sbi-investigates-durham-county-s-primary-election-the-county-is/article_7c9b61a6-aacf-11e6-a783-2771f15fd64b.html

The Durham County protests and irregularities have been the topic of discussion at recent state board meetings and will be at the following upcoming meeting.

From the NC State Board of Elections.

“NOTICE OF STATE BOARD MEETING

The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in its boardroom located at 441 North Harrington Street, Raleigh. Public meeting materials will be available online at https://goo.gl/8YfisE.

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Call to order Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest G.S. § 138A-15(e)

Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark pursuant to G.S. §§ 163-182.11(b)(3) and 163-182.12*

Executive Director Report Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules G.S. § 150B-21.3A(c)(1) A (Periodic Rules Review)

Designation of rulemaking coordinator G.S. § 150B-21.

Approval of minutes G.S. § 163-20(e)

Adjourn

_

* The Chair will recognize the N.C. Republican Party, N.C. Democratic Party, and candidates appearing on the ballot in Durham County, or their counsel. The Chair hereby designates Durham County Board of Elections Chair William Brian and Interim Director Kate Cosner to appear pursuant to 08 NCAC 2.0110, and may include counsel. Parties wishing to make oral argument must submit a request to do so by email to Legal.Team@ncsbe.gov no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-30/SBE_Meeting_Notice_2016-11-30.pdf

 

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NC State Board of Elections emergency meeting Sunday, November 27, 2016, Attorney Thomas H. Stark appeal, DeLuca v. Strach et al, Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest, Stark requests state board control all protests and eligibility of all voters in Durham County

NC State Board of Elections emergency meeting Sunday, November 27, 2016, Attorney Thomas H. Stark appeal, DeLuca v. Strach et al, Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest, Stark requests state board control all protests and eligibility of all voters in Durham County

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

***  UPDATE BELOW  ***

From the NC State Board of Elections.

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY STATE BOARD MEETING

The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Interested members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing (213) 929-4212 (code: 696-443-050).

AGENDA

Call to order Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest G.S. § 138A-15(e)

Consideration of request regarding certain protests of election appealed from Durham County. G.S. § 163-182.12

Closed session to receive briefing from counsel regarding the handling of DeLuca v. Strach et al. and representation therein G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3) Action to approve the hiring of litigation counsel Adjourn

From the  Thomas H. Stark appeal.

“6. State the legal and factual basis for your appeal. NCGS Chapter 163, Articles 14A (Voting) and 15 (Counting Ballots, etc.) Failure of Tabulators to correctly count ballots for five early voting sites and one Election Day precinct. Manufacturer claims that the error was caused by a software limitation of its operating system (the system could not tabulate the number of votes it
was called to report in the early voting sights), and the fact that Durham County utilized the tabulators in a way that took them beyond the specified limits (by using the one tabulator in each early voting sight, the failure should have been anticipated). The evidence demonstrates that all of the data discussed in the hearing is from the same PCM CIA card utilized in the tabulators, therefore, an independent verification of the reported results has not been performed. At this point it cannot be determined whether the number of ballots in the sealed
boxes from the several tabulators equal the reported results or not. That determination cannot be made until the ballots are counted.”

“7. Is there any material submitted with this appeal that was not presented to and considered by the county board? Is so, please identify and state why it was not presented to the county board. Why do you think the State Board of Elections should consider it? There are a number of anomalies in Durham that appear to have impacted the outcome of this election. There are a series of protests and/or appeals pending before the State Board or the Durham County Board of Elections. It was established in one precinct that a provisional ballot was run through the tabulator in error, allegedly due to deficient availability of adequately trained staff. The provisional ballot was voted in a precinct other than the ones at issue in this protest. The State Board of Elections should direct Durham County to hand count all ballots voted in this election, carefully examining the ballots for provisional markings, as part of considering this appeal that also tests the viability and reliability of the County’s tabulating equipment. The State Board of Elections should assist Durham in determining how many ineligible voters cast ballots in this election. In addition to the provisional ballot illegally voted, it appears that several persons who were ineligible to vote due to their status in the criminal justice system actually cast votes in Durham. Durham has refused to allow the public to review any documents submitted with absentee ballots, despite repeated requests. (See separate appeal submitted this date.) Finally, Durham has a number of Same Day Registrations that the appellant does not believe to be verified, or verified with the level of scrutiny that is warranted. Also enclosed are three pages of data that has been collected from voter registration records and which demonstrate the substantial increase in the number of voters removed from voting rolls in the three months following a general election when contrasted with off year elections, or local election years. Also included are figures for numbers of voters removed from the rolls following the 2012 election in some other nearby urban counties. The number of removed voters are more than the amount necessary to decide the races referred to above, namely Governor and Auditor. The existence of the number of anomalies together with the number of ballots involved, over 94,000, or even a small fraction of them, can change the outcome of the election if not properly tabulated.”

“9. What relief do you seek? Why? The Appellant requests the consideration of all appeals coming to the Board from Durham County, that the State Board exercise control of all protests pending in Durham County, that the State Board carefully consider the eligibility of the voters in Durham County, and remove the votes of persons ineligible to vote from the voting results, whether ineligible as a felon, deceased, voted in another jurisdiction, not domiciled in Durham County, in the precinct indicated, not a Citizen, or for some other reason, that the State Board order Durham County to hand count the ballots to insure no provisional ballots were voted without being properly approved by the Durham County Elections Board, and, further, that the totals are accurately reported. (The Appellant is well aware that the issues which present in Durham County may well apply in other counties as well, and require additional scrutiny by the State Board.)”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-27/SBE_Meeting_Notice_2016-11-27.pdf

 

***  Update 7:10 PM  ***

From TWC News.

“The North Carolina State Board of Elections says it won’t take up an appeal for a recount of more than 90,000 votes in Durham County until the local board gives them certain documents.

A Republican attorney believes the recount of those votes could change the outcome of the election and the still undecided governor’s race.”

“During an emergency meeting by phone Sunday, members of the state board said their hands are tied until they receive a full record of the hearing the county board held.  They hope to get the transcript of that hearing and any evidence or briefings submitted during the case within the next 48 hours.

“I would request the staff to push Durham any way you can, all of the people in this room together and with anyone else we can, to push Durham,” said Grant Whitney, chairman of the NC State Board of Elections. “We need to get some certainty in our political processes here and it sounds like we’re stuck with the timing.”

Board members said they want some time to review those materials before scheduling a hearing about the appeal.  It may happen late this week.”

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/11/26/gop-appeal-asks-state-officials-for-scrutiny-of-durham-votes.html

 

 

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NC governor race request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections, Recount of Durham County early vote, Attorney Thomas Stark formal appeal, Malfunctions and irregularities, Remove the votes of persons ineligible

NC governor race request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections, Recount of Durham County early vote, Attorney Thomas Stark formal appeal, Malfunctions and irregularities, Remove the votes of persons ineligible

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

From Pat McCrory for Governor November 26, 2016.

“Request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections

Appeal requests the State Board expeditiously call for a recount of the Durham County early vote data tabulated on election night”

“Today, attorney and registered Durham County voter Thomas Stark filed a formal appeal with the State Board of Elections in relation to the ‘malfeasance’ in tabulating approximately 90,000 ballots that were reported just before midnight on Election Day. The original complaint reasonably demands the County Board of Elections conduct a recount of the original paper ballots before the county’s canvass date. The county denied this request and the Pat McCrory Committee concurs in a call for an expedited appeal of the protest for a full recount of the Durham county early vote ballots. This reasonable request will provide confidence and clarity in the Durham results for the voters of North Carolina. Upon completion of this recount, we can better asses next steps.

“It was concerning to learn that the Durham County Board decided to not approve attorney Tom Stark’s protest to recount the early vote totals from election night. The malfunctions and irregularities in Durham have been extremely troubling to this campaign and the people of North Carolina, and the State Board confirmed several errors. We are now left with no other position but to request the State Board of Elections expeditiously order a full recount of Durham county early vote totals. Once this occurs, we can all move towards a conclusion of this process,” said Russell Peck, campaign manager for the Pat McCrory Committee.

As earlier reported by ABC11, their has been a long history of voting problems in Durham County. In the 2016 general election, electronic errors, glitches and untrained staff caused major problems that received bipartisan scorn. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens even stated in a recent hearing on the problems, “Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”

During the March 15 primary election, the Durham County Board of Elections mishandled roughly 1,900 provisional ballots forcing the state to allow eligible voters to recast their ballots months later. It was also recently reported that the state board of elections turned over their completed investigation to investigators who are now looking into whether crimes were committed in this case, as election officials said the wrong vote count was accurate and some votes may have been counted twice.

If a Durham recount provides the same results as earlier posted, the McCrory Committee will be prepared to withdraw its statewide recount request in the Governors race.”

Request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections

Appeal:

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