Randolph officials probe attempt to vote twice
A voter in Randolph County attempted to cast two ballots — one by mail and another at a polling place — during the primary election season that concluded May 6.
The Randolph County Board of Elections reports that the unidentified voter, whose name hasn’t been released because of the ongoing investigation, mailed in an absentee ballot. During the early voting period, the voter then cast a ballot at a county one-stop absentee polling place, said Elections Director Melissa Johnson.
Elections officials detected the second, illegitimate ballot through their regular procedures. The second vote wasn’t counted, Johnson told The High Point Enterprise on Thursday. She said that she couldn’t elaborate further on the incident.
This is the first instance of someone trying to vote twice in Randolph County since Johnson became elections director in July 2010, she said.
The investigation of possible vote fraud has been turned over to the Randolph County District Attorney’s Office. Andy Gregson, chief assistant district attorney, said the District Attorney’s Office can’t comment on the investigation at this time.
Voting more than once in a single election is a state and federal crime, said Josh Lawson, public information office with the N.C. State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
“Applicable federal law establishes a penalty of a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years, or both. North Carolina law makes voting fraud a Class I felony,” Lawson said.
According to the N.C. Court System, the penalty for conviction of a Class I felony can range from probation to up to a year imprisonment.
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