The Pender County Board of Elections will have a Special Meeting on Wednesday, Sept.,  21, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections Office, 807 S. Walker St in Burgaw.

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State Board of Elections responds to False Information from Fox News Guest

Raleigh — The State Board of Elections wishes to set the record straight after a guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News this week spread false information about North Carolina elections. The State Board and some county boards of elections have received inquiries about this since the segment aired on Wednesday.

The guest, Russell Vought, of the Center for Renewing America, told the host that he had documents revealing “there is systemic voter fraud being done in North Carolina at the State Board of Election level and the DMV, to incentivize illegal immigrants voting in the election, which they’re not supposed to do.” He referred to this March 2021 letter from then-Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina G. Norman Acker III.

Vought did not mention that it was the State Board of Elections’ own audit, conducted in 2017, that prompted the investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office. He also did not mention the State Board of Elections’ response to that letter, sent to Acker three days later. In that letter, State Board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell wrote that a temporary issue with pre-population of the citizenship question on voter registration forms offered at Division of Motor Vehicles’ offices was resolved about five years earlier and affected a small number of registrants. She also explained that the U.S. Attorney’s office had failed to provide any documentation of individuals that it claimed were non-citizens, which meant that the State Board could not remove these voters from the rolls.

Vought’s on-air statements would lead any viewer to believe the issue is ongoing, which it is not. This issue was corrected six years ago. He also suggested that this issue was intentional, which is categorically false.

“It is frustrating and disheartening to all of us who work so hard to conduct accessible, secure, and fair elections that anyone can go on a popular show and spread false information about elections to the American people, without any opportunity for rebuttal or fact-checking,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to most of the mis- and disinformation about elections. We are using this case as an example, as we will with egregious cases in the future. We hope voters will reach out to election officials for accurate and complete information.”

Vought said he received the documents from a sister organization, the American Accountability Foundation. The State Board provided the documents to AAF through a public records request. Also included in the documents sent to AAF was the State Board’s response letter, which Vought did not mention on the show. Again, that response letter disproves Mr. Vought’s claims.
Neither Vought nor Fox News have reached out to the State Board for facts or clarification about this issue.

 

Misinformation about North Carolina elections

Pender County Board of Elections wishes to assure our voters that we are aware of misinformation about elections in NC.

We want you to know that We do not use Clarity Elections Suite in Pender nor is it used in any county or the state of North Carolina. NC did use Clarity for election night results reporting, but it was apparently a while ago.

Elections Director Susan Williams began working in elections in 2012 and it was not in use at that time. The State Board currently uses its own software for election night reporting. No vendor is used for election night reporting in NC. Also, Scytl is not in any way involved with NC elections. We are getting that question a lot lately due to the ongoing spread of misinformation online and elsewhere. Scytl has no relationship with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, nor does it have any relationship in the United States with either ES&S or Hart InterCivic, the two voting systems vendors doing business in North Carolina.

 

BUFFER ZONES

The following is a list of Pender County polling places and a description of each buffer zone concerning Election Day electioneering.  As designated by G.S. 163-166.4(a), Pender County board of elections shall, where practical, set the limit at 50 feet from the door of entrance to the voting place, measured when that door is closed, but in no event shall it set the limit at more than 50 feet or less than 25 feet. The precinct officials will mark the buffer zones at each polling place on Election Day.

 

North Burgaw:

Burgaw Middle School Gym

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

South Burgaw:

Pender County Cooperative Extension Auditorium Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Canetuck:

Canetuck Community Building

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Caswell:

Atkinson School Gym

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Columbia:

Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Grady:

Moore’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Upper Holly:

Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Long Creek:

Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Penderlea:

Penderlea Volunteer Fire Department

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Cape Fear:

Cape Fear Elementary School

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door.

Scotts Hill:

Wesleyan Chapel Fellowship Hall

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Surf City:

Surf City Community Center Gym

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Upper Topsail:

North Topsail Elementary School

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Sloop Point:

Cape Fear Community College

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Lower Union:

Watha Town Hall/ Community Center

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Upper Union:

Union Rescue Squad Building

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Lower Topsail:

Pender County Annex Building

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Middle Topsail:

Topsail Middle School Auxiliary Gym

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

Rocky Point:

Heide Trask Auxiliary Gym

Electioneering is allowed 50 feet from front door

 
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