RALEIGH – Two Republican members of the N.C. Board of Elections have resigned after calling out Democrat board members and the N.C. Attorney General’s office for misleading them in a vote on a lawsuit-related deal to modify rules around absentee ballots.
As background, a group sued the Board of Elections arguing that the single witness signature required to confirm an absentee ballot unfairly endangered older voters because it’d force them to expose themselves to a person that might have the coronavirus.
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Well, the Board came to the bargaining table, a deal was negotiated, and the lawsuit was dropped. The signature requirement would remain, BUT other modifications were accepted that extend the length of time absentee ballots can be accepted. Except, the two resigning Republicans say they were deceived by staff and lawyers regarding the changes and their legality.
Member David Black also resigned with a similarly detailed explanation.
The Board had touted the referenced vote as ‘Unanimous’ to present a bipartisan front to what apparently amounts to Democrats’ deception in order to loosen rules to vote by mail.
The departures of these two Republicans mean, just weeks from the most tense election of our lives, that the State Board of Elections is completely partisan — only Democrats.
Beyond that issue, is the issue of changing rules to accept more and more absentee ballots after the date of the election. This may be done under the auspices of Pandemic Panic, but it is painfully obvious the the entire ordeal is aimed at legitimizing as many (previously ineligible) votes as possible.
Well, just take it from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein himself in 2018:
If there were ever an opportunity for ‘bulk voter fraud,’ it would be the 2020 election, in which exponentially more absentee ballots are being sent out than ever before. Not just here, but across the country.
Extending acceptance dates means election night will not be the end of the election, and troves of votes will be accepted for days afterwards. To extend the dates, the Board allegedly had to deceive Republican members into thinking they had to compromise to avoid election time disaster rulings from the court.