« Massachusetts: legislature defeats redistricting commission proposal, approves absentee voting proposal | Main | Georgia: Secretary of State candidate receives campaign funds from Choicepoint president »

North Carolina: elections board will hold hearings on primary contest

AP reports: The State Board of Elections refused to affirm an 11-vote victory for a House Republican primary challenger, instead agreeing Wednesday to hold more hearings in Lenoir County next month to investigate possible voting irregularities.

The Lenoir County elections board in May ordered a new election in the race between Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, and Willie Ray Starling. Starling edged LaRoque 913-902 in the May 2 primary in a district that covers Greene County and parts of Lenoir and Wayne counties.

After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, the state board voted 3-2 to reject a motion to certify Starling as the winner. Now the board will travel to Kinston Aug. 7-8 to hear more testimony before making a decision. Any new primary would have to be held before mid-September to give election officials enough time before the November general election.

A majority of board members said the evidence they heard leads them to question seriously whether the outcome can be trusted. -- Winston-Salem Journal | N.C. elections board plans more hearings in House primary dispute

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)