Editorial: McCrory, Cooper and state officials must be open in vote-count process

Posted November 14, 2016

A CBC Editorial: Monday, Nov.14, 2016; Editorial# 8081
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

There is a lot at stake over the next few days as election officials throughout North Carolina examine the votes cast and count provisional and absentee ballots. We agree with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory – who is trailing Democrat Roy Cooper by about 5,000 votes – that everyone must “respect the process.”

“Tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots are still outstanding, and we are deploying teams across the state as we speak,” McCrory posted on Facebook. “We must respect the process to ensure all votes are counted.” The governor’s message was also a pitch for money to pay for it all. “I need to know if you can volunteer your time or make a quick contribution to help put us over the finish line.”

What is important isn’t merely that the votes are counted – but that North Carolina citizens know and feel assured that all votes have been counted accurately and fairly.

In that spirit, we call on Gov. McCrory, Attorney General Cooper, the State Board of Elections and the county election offices throughout the state to go the extra mile and provide full and complete transparency in this process.

McCrory, Cooper and the Board of Elections should make any and all communications with local and state officials and agencies, public. The candidates can do this easily by posting them on their campaign websites. The state Board of Elections can do the same.

Partisan politics ends at the polling place door. It is critical that the hyper-partisanship that has marked this current election season doesn’t inappropriately influence the process of making sure every proper vote is counted. All elections boards – state and county – are controlled by Republicans. Many of these officials were hand-picked by McCrory, his close aides or GOP party officials. The executive director of the state board is married to a lawyer who frequently represents the GOP – and the McCrory administration – concerning election and campaign matters.

Roy Cooper’s office is engaged, as part of his official duties, in representing the state’s interests in dealing with election and campaign laws.

While there’s no reason to suggest that anyone has acted in anyway less than professionally, we also take to heart President Ronald Reagan’s admonition. “Trust but verify.”


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  • Carol Smith Nov 14, 12:11 p.m.
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    cooper has not been inaugurated yet...duh

  • Carol Smith Nov 14, 12:07 p.m.
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    our ag is not obligated to support bigotry and discrimination.

  • Carol Smith Nov 14, 12:05 p.m.
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    hello.......hb2 cost our state millions.....

  • Carol Smith Nov 14, 12:03 p.m.
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    mccrory just needs to go away so that our state can get back on track.

  • Pete Knowles Nov 14, 10:03 a.m.
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    Sean, if you look at the parameters of the job of Attorney General, you'll find that his office is not obligated to waste the taxpayers money on any litigation his office deems is not practicable. This goes along with the Fed agreeing that HB2 is discriminatory, at the least. They(FED) also ruled the Voter ID law was also discriminatory, so actually, by not joining in this litigation, Cooper has put the best interests of our state first.

  • Judy Loftin Nov 14, 9:13 a.m.
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    Thank you Governor McCrory!

  • Sean Chen Nov 14, 9:06 a.m.
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    Roy Cooper’s office is engaged, as part of his official duties, in representing the state’s interests in dealing with election and campaign laws.

    Where was Roy Cooper when it was time to DO HIS JOB as Attorney General? Oh yeah, he was out of state promoting an HB2 boycott to economically hurt our state.

    Cooper was out of state courting donors from California and Goldman Sachs… the two largest donor to his campaign.

    What exactly has Roy Cooper promised these out of state entities as governor for such large sums of money?

    What will Cooper be giving to Goldman Sachs in return? Sachs only operates quid pro quo. Cooper clearly promised them something…

    How will Roy Cooper throw our state under the bus this time?

  • Siobhan Millen Nov 14, 8:41 a.m.
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    The first step in implementing your request will be for county boards to bring a sound system to their pre-canvass meetings while the provisional decisions are being made. These counts are often conducted in warehouses where ballots are locked up, and acoustics are terrible. Many board members do not really want to be heard as they go over the more contentious registration disputes.
    Second, it would help in transparency if county boards would announce the name of each voter as their provisional ballot (actually its envelope) is being debated. This is presumably public information. Folks need to be able to track down whether their ballot counted, and individual voters can do this if they follow the instructions they were given at the polling place, but voting observers need this information too.

  • Pete Knowles Nov 14, 8:37 a.m.
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    Billy, do you realize he doesn't take office until next year? I don't understand your comment.

  • Billy Smith Nov 14, 6:11 a.m.
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    Where is Gov elect Roy (D.B.) Cooper. Is he already afraid of a federal grand jury like his Democrat predecessors. Have the Republicans and their super-majority already chased him down the rabbit hole. He was elected to lead not recede.