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Bob Etheridge puts North Carolina-2 in a headlock

04 Nov

It’s what Etheridge does by nature.

Dave C. warned you and now it has been confirmed, Etheridge is demanding a recount.  Here’s an email I just got from Renee Ellmers’ campaign…

Dear Supporter,

Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an ‘automatic recount’ if he trails by more than 1% – or 1,888 votes.)

Then, yesterday afternoon – unexpectedly – the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.

As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys – eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.

Please help if you can.  I did.  She beat him fair and square.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Who are you?

 2,214 110 year olds voted in North Carolina this year in either early voting or by mail. There was also a 154 year old and a 160 year old. I’m sure there is no fraud there.

 

4 responses to “Bob Etheridge puts North Carolina-2 in a headlock

  1. P. Henry Saddleburr

    November 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    So many spry multi-centenarians. Or something. If I move to NC will I live forever?

     
  2. Deborah Sampson

    November 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Let me guess, all 2216 voted Democrat.

     
  3. Joyce McCloy

    November 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I was alarmed when I read this post here and at Civitas, so I emailed Don Wright, the General Counsel for the NC State Board of Elections to ask for an explanation.

    Here’s Mr. Wright’s reply today:

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: RE: Civitas writes that 2,214 “110 year olds” voted in NC
    Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:17:24 -0400
    From: Wright, Don
    To: Joyce McCloy

    Joyce,

    When a county does not have a birth date for a voter, they use a default date for that voters birth date and most counties use 1/1/1900. If these voters show up to vote, the pollworkers inquire as to their correct birth date and that information is added. Over the past few years, we have reduced the number of default birth date voters. And after this election the number of default birth date voters will be reduced even further.

    There were millions of voters transferred from the county paper VR records to the Statewide VR database around 2000. Some of the county’s older VR data did not have the voter’s birth date and it was not required at the time that voter registered. Since that time, we have be able to reduce the number of such voters down to a little over two thousand.
    Sincerely,

    Don Wright
    General Counsel
    NC State Board of Elections

     

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