State Board investigating New Hanover County alleged voter registration fraud


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement are reviewing alleged misconduct during voter registration drives in New Hanover, Pitt, and Robeson Counties.

According to a news release, the agency received reports that people misinformed voters that they must re-register in order to cast a ballot in November.

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Voters who are already registered do not have to re-register or update their registrations unless they have moved or wish to change their name or party affiliation.

The State Board office has also received reports that individuals have approached people at their homes or businesses, falsely identifying themselves as county or state elections workers.

In recent months, the agency also has investigated reports of falsified registration documents delivered to county boards of elections offices.

“Voters should check their registrations online,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. “There is no reason to submit a new form unless the information is outdated.”

“The State Board will investigate all credible allegations of voter registration fraud by individuals or organizations,” Strach continued. “When workers involved in voter drives falsify or alter information on registration forms, it can cause problems for innocent voters at the polls.”

It is a Class I felony to falsify a voter registration form and a Class 2 misdemeanor to retain a copy of a registrant’s confidential information, such as date of birth or driver license number.