Ex- GOP lawmaker charged with assaulting poll worker

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former GOP lawmaker has been charged with allegedly assaulting an elections official at an early voting site in Wake County.

Law enforcement arrived after the polls opened at 8 A.M. Friday and cited Gary Pendleton with a Class 3 misdemeanor.

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He will not be permitted to serve as a poll observer for the rest of this election cycle, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Pendleton plans to appeal the assault charge in court.