Your View: N.C. officials are careful to prevent election fraud

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 01:14 AM

Phyllis Picklesimer  (Your View, Feb. 18 “Voter ID law can prevent potential fraud”) wrote an interesting guest column about an Ohio woman who voted at her regular precinct after mistakenly assuming that her absentee ballot had failed to reach the board of elections on time.  The Ohio voter made that assumption because there was no notation of her having voted in that election in the registration books at her precinct.
Such a situation is unlikely to occur here.  In North Carolina, absentee ballots must reach the county board of elections by 5 p.m., the Monday before the polls open on Tuesday, the Election Day.  The envelope containing the absentee ballot must be signed by the voter and the envelope is assigned a number.  Because of our system of early voting, as each person votes or as his absentee ballot is received, workers at the board of elections enter that information into the computerized list of voters in that county. The information that the person has voted is available at the local polling place and the person would be refused another ballot.
It is conceivable that a mistake by the board of elections could fail to list someone as having voted, but great care is taken to prevent that.  In such a situation the absentee ballot would not be counted.
Whether or not a voter displays an ID card would have no bearing on the Ohio situation.
North Carolina voters do not need a special voter identification card.  Such cards can be faked; and ironically, reliance upon them could initiate fraud which does not exist today.
For years there has been a Democratic judge and a Republican judge at each precinct.  Their purpose is to prevent fraud and to ensure a fair election.  By all evidence the election judges have been supremely successful.
High Point

Don’t blame gun violence on ‘Hill Billies’
Although I’m sure that many HPE readers are by now familiar with Andrea L. Jackson’s self-serving opinion that white prejudice is the excuse for any failure of black Americans, his Feb 17 gun violence letter is shear absurdity.
Jackson claims that “Hill Billy pandering” by “right wing stalwarts ... who cater to infantile emotions and backwoods mentalities” causes gun violence, and calls our Constitution “the quasi-religious nonsense of Second Amendment idiocy.”
Really, just who does Jackson think is responsible for the gun culture crisis in America? It’s not “Hill Billies,” nor religion, nor even the high profile mentally ill mass murderers (who are now nearly impossible to institutionalize because of their “rights”).
It’s the black thug culture in urban America, Mr. Jackson. The culture that is idolized in rap “music” and glorified by the so-called entertainment industry. That is why hundreds of black youth, even children, are gunned down every year in Democrat-controlled hell holes like Oakland and Chicago. Jackson’s notion of denying the means of self-protection for law-abiding citizens won’t do a thing to stop that madness, and is just as stupid as all of the other upside-down solutions that liberals have been proposing during our 50-year Tidy Bowl boat ride down the toilet.
What’s worse is that, as noted neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson pointed out while he was dressing down President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, liberal political correctness prevents us from even discussing our problems in this country. Accordingly, I am prepared for the name-calling that will be heading my way as a result of my attempt to do so.
Jackson can ignore the obvious if he likes, but consider this: “You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” Think about it.
High Point



High Point officials are considering the possibility of returning City Council terms to four years instead of the current two years. Should term lengths be changed? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to Here is one response:
• Two years is long enough for mayor and City Council terms. Primaries are essential.

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