Court convicts Haywood man of double voting

Posted February 10

— A Haywood County man has been convicted of voting twice in the March 2016 primary.

Dewey George Gidcumb Jr., 52, was convicted of voting once during the early voting period and again in person on primary day, according to a news release from the State Board of Elections. The violation is a Class I felony.

According to the board, Gidcumb received a suspended prison sentence of five to 15 months, 12 months of supervised probation, 24 hours of community service and a $100 fine, plus court costs.

"This is a very important case for the State Board Office, as well as for the faith of citizens in our election system," Chief Investigator Joan Fleming said. "Those who choose to violate North Carolina’s election laws will face consequences."

The jury found that Gidcumb didn't make a mistake but intended to commit fraud. According to state voting records, Gidcumb is a Republican who lives in Waynesville.

North Carolina has seen a number of shifts in state voting laws. During the March primary, voter ID rules were in effect.

"One person, one vote," Haywood District Attorney Ashley Welch said. "That's what this case is about. Regardless of political views or party affiliations, the very foundations of our democracy depend on fair voting practices."

Trio indicted on voter fraud charges

A Moore County grand jury has indicted two men and a woman on felony voter fraud charges connected to the 2016 presidential election.

Dalton Shane Smith of Cameron, Edward Charles Green of Southern Pines and Ryan Wiggs of Lakeview were charged with voter registration fraud, but authorities didn't say whether they cast multiple ballots, voted in someone else's name or were otherwise ineligible to vote. Smith and Wiggs are registered Republicans, while Green is a registered Democrat. All three have been removed from the voter rolls in Moore County.


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  • Raleigh Rose Feb 14, 2017
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    In order to vote as someone else, you would have to know their address, their voter registration, you would have to know without a doubt they weren't voting and since precincts are staffed by people in your local community, you would have to hope that when you went to the polls there was no one there that knew you or recognized you from when you voted for yourself. It's highly unlikely that ALL those items would line up the way you wanted. That is why in-person voter fraud is so rare and why so many courts are shooting down the laws Republicans are passing because they don't actually fix a problem we have. Voter ID laws are being used to keep people from voting that they don't want to vote. They are trying to take the voice away from the people. The fewer people vote, the better off Republicans are. Think about that for a minute.

  • Linda Tally Feb 14, 2017
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    So... one actual double vote, three fraudulent registration charges, and of the total 4 in this report, three were Republican. Surprise...? Nope.

  • Mary Jo Holmes Feb 14, 2017
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    It seems that the Republican voters are doing the majority of voter fraud.

  • Eric Hammond Feb 13, 2017
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    wonder HOW they voted... would be a hoot if they all voted / committed fraud IN SUPPORT of Trump ... would be HIGHLY ironic that Herr Trump keeps screaming about voter fraud and the only ones who committed fraud were voting FOR his sorry behind!

  • Carl Keehn Feb 13, 2017
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    Your point?

    As stated in the article, the fraud was committed during the primary election during which the voter ID requirement was in effect. The law did nothing to control the fraud as the offender used the absentee ballot to commit the fraud. Effectively the law is a failure in controlling fraud and serves only to suppress legal voters.

  • Paul Hutton Feb 13, 2017
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    I'm for requiring ID's. Voter fraud seems like it would be very easy to commit as it's done now. What's to stop someone from voting in someone else's name if you know they don't intend to vote?

  • John Jones Feb 13, 2017
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    There's no such thing as voter fraud.

  • James Mcintyre Feb 13, 2017
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    true that

  • Robert Richardson Feb 13, 2017
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    I agree!

  • Roy Pine Feb 11, 2017
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    Four cases of voter fraud, and three were Republicans. Let's get more investigations going, I'm betting that ratio holds up nationwide.