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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark in Wilmington has hit another bump in the road. City officials have asked the New Hanover County Board of Elections to further analyze more than 160 names on the petition.

Elections Director Marvin McFadyden says the city has called 165 names from the petition into question. McFadyen says 104 of the names on the petition have questionable signatures and 61 of them have incorrect dates of birth.

Petition organizer Joshua Fulton was surprised to learn about the newest hurdle.

“Frustrated for sure,” Fulton said. “We had been told that it was the Board of Elections’ soul duty to verify the signatures, and now it seems like the city is kind of trying to take a backdoor route to verifying them themselves.”

Fulton says he would be shocked if the city prohibited him from submitting more signatures or a revised petition. He does believe it is reasonable for some signatures to get rejected, but he says it is not his job to verify them.

“It’s really (the Board of Elections’) job to affirm the identity of these people, that they’re really citizens,” he said. “It’d be impossible for us to do that.”

Fulton still has hopes of getting his citizen-initiated ordinance on the November ballot, but he says he feels like the Board of Elections is trying to get them to jump through hoops to do it.

The city attorney says petitioners can still submit more names until the Board of Elections closes the process. No word on when that could happen.

The Board of Elections hopes to have a decision on the questioned signatures by Monday. That’s one day before City Council meets again. Council is slated to talk about a bond referendum in November for up to $42 million to pay for the ballpark.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Why can’t the city just kill this stupid stadium idea? Most citizens of Wilmington don’t want it, it’s a bad idea, and it doesn’t add anything we don’t already have. Concerts? We already have those. Fireworks? Seems like we have those all the time. Baseball? We’ve already got that and if you want to see something a little “higher level”, just take a little drive down to Myrtle Beach, where you’ll have YOUR CHOICE of seats, since NOBODY GOES TO THE GAMES!

Give it up, stupid politicians, we don’t want our money spent on this and if you drag it out… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Stop your complaining. The group behind the petition found an old and outdated way to try and stop the ballpark and the city council has the right to question the signatures. It’s the process that McCoy & Fulton have been crying about ever since they didn’t get elected into office and now it’s the City’s turn to follow the process. Like it or not, the process is there for a reason and every step should be followed.

2015 years 11 months ago

I missed the petition but would be glad to sign if needed.

2015 years 11 months ago

I haven’t signed any petition yet but would love to sign one now. So where can I add to the list of sane people who are struggling to provide for their families while others are trying to steal from them? As it has been said so many times before, why the need for so MUCH taxpayers dollars if it is such an awesome “boon” for the city? I’ve got to go. Just watered the lawn and I need to take out a second mortgage to pay for it!

gerry curtin
2015 years 11 months ago

the city should check there voters the same way in nov to see how voters

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