To the Editor,
Since the November election, election practices have been featured consistently in the local news. The statistics are eye-opening. In the Jan. 5 edition of The Robesonian, the Voter Integrity Project claimed “discovering names of almost 30,000 dead people still on North Carolina voter rolls; finding more than 100 people who voted in the 2008 election that later were determined not to be citizens,” and thst the State Board of Election made criminal referrals against five people who voted twice in the November 2012 election. These statistics clearly display the need for local and state boards to take preventive measures to prevent fraud.
Outcomes from the November 2013 Town Council election led to many voter challenges. I presented several challenges to the local and state election boards. These challenges included the approximately 15 individuals associated with a traveling basketball team, family members of candidates who falsified their address, and others. Evidence supporting the accusations was presented to the State Board of Election, which displayed disappointment and disgust that so many individuals voted illegally with no identification and/or false documents. The underlying truth is voter fraud did occur in the 2013 Pembroke Town Council election.
There were approximately 20 voters who were challenged by an opposing candidate simply because the voters supported my candidacy and the voters’ socioeconomic status. Of these voters, the local board found the majority of them legal voters. The remaining voters were labeled “not Pembroke citizens” due to the uncertainty of their permanent address. Ironically, these folks remain active in the community and have supporting identification as a Pembroke resident.
As a dedicated Pembroke councilman for 16 years, I can honestly proclaim my actions are driven to do what is in the best interest of the citizens of Pembroke. The citizens of the town of Pembroke are my priority, regardless of their background, education level, or financial status.
I gratefully appreciate all those citizens who have supported me in previous elections and appreciate their support for good government as evidenced by their participation in the election process. I would like to encourage all of the citizens of Pembroke to ensure quality representation by casting your vote in the March 11 election.