NC Board of Elections decides to dismiss both Bladen County protests

The N.C. Board of Elections in December. Photo by Robert Richardson/CBS North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — On Saturday evening, the North Carolina Board of Elections dismissed two election protests from Bladen County.

The first one was filed by McCrae Dowless, who won his re-election bid in Bladen County as district supervisor for soil and water conservation.

Dowless  got more than two-thirds of the votes, but more than 3,000 people wrote-in challenger Franklin Graham.

Election officials noticed dozens of absentee ballots had Graham’s name in the same handwriting.

Dowless’ attorneys, who also represent Republican governor Pat McCrory, asked the board to toss out about 400 ballots – almost all of which had votes for Roy Cooper.

The board voted three to two that since all the signatures on the absentee ballots were different and valid – they can’t discard all of the votes on those ballots.

The other Bladen County protest was filed by Ken Register, a Democratic candidate for Bladen County Commission District 3.

Register wanted a recount after he lost 2,971 to 2,534.

Register said there were some software glitches involving tabulation of votes, as well as a memory stick in a voting machine being switched.

The N.C. Board of Elections voted 5-0 to dismiss Register’s protest with one member pointing out that the number of ballots counted on memory stick matched the numbers of voters


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