Evidencing that North Carolina’s “current election laws just don’t provide assurance that election outcomes can be trusted,” another Pembroke election flunks the smell test.
In 2013, a new Pembroke Town Council election was ordered when the State Board of Elections found that fraudulent votes were cast by ineligible people who resided outside the town limits, many using same-day registration.
Now the Robeson County Board of Elections has referred Pembroke’s 2015 mayoral election to the state board after Greg Cummings successfully challenged the residency of 11 voters, leaving Allen Dial (the winner-turned loser in the 2013 Town Council do-over) ahead by just 11 votes.
Evidence surfaced during that hearing that some people who claim as their homes commercial buildings owned by Dial had voted… Dial’s daughter notarized affidavits used by some voters to prove their residency… it’s not certain that election laws have been broken, which says something about current election laws, primarily that they invite fraud.
In recent years, laws have been crafted to make it easier and easier to cast ballots, mostly by widening the window to do so through early voting… the wider the voting window, the more potential for abuse…
The Robesonian notes that there are ongoing investigations of all Robeson County’s 2013 municipal elections, including in Pembroke.