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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Brunswick County, there were reports of sheriff’s deputies stationed inside of polling places. Some say that could lead to voter intimidation.

County Board of Elections Chair Willie Sloan told WWAY after he received complaints from several polling locations, he told County Elections Director Greg Bellamy to remove the deputies. Bellamy told WWAY that deputies were not placed inside polling locations, but at times may have passed through the area.

Bellamy says the deputies were requested to handle traffic issues and that the voting process has been smooth today.


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  • Alyson

    Really? It never ceases to amaze me what people will complain about. Glad I am not that bored!

  • GuestNCNative

    I can only think of 1 reason why anyone would be intimidated by the presence of LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. Unless your photo accompanied by your name and a list of the crimes you’ve committed appears on wanted posters in such great quantities that any officer/deputy would instantly recognize you, you have nothing to worry about.

    To the idiots who complained…paranoid much? Time to go back on your meds before you once again start eating crayons and licking windows.

  • Wilmington Observer

    If the sight of a law enforcement officer at a poling location intimidates you, it is time for you to go home and grow some more skin. If you bow to this type of complaint and have the officers leave, you need to go home and find a new job. I am absolutely sick and tired of officials (governmental or private sector) responding in a “knee jerk” fassion when some thin skinned, cry baby makes a baseless complaint.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Joy

    If you are scared of the police, might be because you are guilty of something. They don’t intimidate innocent people.

  • Liz

    It is 2012 and truly sad to see that some things have not changed. It’s disheartening to see that a race between a Democrat and Republican, two men, are causing this type of hatred to rear it’s ugly head. The black and white thing. It’s sad and I hope not, that people put gas in their car, went to the poll and voted for the white guy or the black guy. Well, I guess in the end, we shall reap what we sow, out of our mouths, we will reap.

  • Jason

    What a great way to serve subpoenas! Let them come to you!

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