WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The following email was sent from New Hanover Commissioner Woody White to County Manager Chris Coudriet and others requesting an investigation into robo-calls sent election eve and election day apparently by Commissioner Brian Berger:
It appears that the county acted quickly to determine that these calls did not originate from the county system, and so informed the media and the citizens. However, by inference one – or both – of the following events occurred:
1. Either an election rule was violated which is actionable against the party who did this, or:
2. A law was violated in which case the party who did this should be prosecuted in a criminal court.
The integrity of our election process is sacred. Those that tamper with it should not be allowed to do so without severe consequences.
The rules that govern robo calls are clear and unambiguous and are meant to disallow this type of fraudulent and confusing action. The vendors who place these calls have records of the purchaser as do the phone companies. An investigation should be easy and quick, and be done as soon as possible.
As a County Government and Elections Board, it is imperative that we do whatever is necessary to determine the culprit and take action against them. Ignoring this is not an option. If the State Board has jurisdiction over this matter, then I support taking whatever action we must to forward this to them immediately.