Just days after national news outlets reported on alarming evidence of widespread voter error and fraud in North Carolina, The Fayetteville Observer reported the Robeson County District Attorney’s office is launching a “gargantuan” criminal investigation into allegations of felony voter fraud.
According to the newspaper, District Attorney Johnson Britt’s office is reviewing allegations of “irregular or fraudulent activity or false statements made in an effort to influence an election.” Allegations could include people who may have been threatened, harassed, intimidated or coerced to vote in a town or city where they didn’t live, he said.
Late last year, the North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered an entirely new municipal election for the Town of Pembroke after it found irregularities when two Pembroke Town Council candidates claimed voters who lived outside town limits cast ballots in the election. A December 2013 article in The Raleigh News & Observer reported the new election was “the only appropriate remedy because of the seriousness and number of irregularities.”
“On the heels of last week’s alarming report that several hundred and perhaps thousands of votes were fraudulently cast in North Carolina, it is extremely disturbing to hear of major voting irregularities that have triggered a ‘gargantuan’ criminal investigation and the redo of an entire election. It is time for North Carolina Democrats to stop insisting there isn’t a problem and start supporting common-sense efforts to restore the integrity of our elections process.”