Editorial: McCrory's baseless claims of election fraud unfairly demean voters

Posted November 25, 2016

NC elections board to set policy on problem ballots

A CBC Editorial: Friday, Nov.25, 2016; Editorial# 8086
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Look at the people president-elect Donald Trump has so-far picked for his administration. Surely there’s a nice spot that would be just right for Gov. Pat McCrory in the new administration.

If only that would happen. Soon. Then the citizens of North Carolina might be spared this needless and futile challenge to every vote cast in the 2016 race for governor as McCrory and the state’s GOP operatives vainly hope to reverse the inevitable.

Democrat Roy Cooper got the most votes on Nov. 8 and Republican McCrory did not. With every count of provisional and absentee ballots, with every review of local challenges, Cooper’s lead has only solidified.

It is a close election without doubt. The voters and citizens of North Carolina – just as much as the candidates – deserve to be assured that the process was fair and votes have been accurately counted.

It is time to move on with that process now and stop the delay tactics. Those actions simply frustrate the will of the voters and breed alienation.

The local and state Boards of Elections need to get on, as quickly as possible, with certifying the vote; conducting the re-count and declaring a governor-elect.

It is also time for McCrory to speak up himself, saying unequivocally he will abide by the process and support the result.

The hodge-podge of challenges to voting on the county level have either been rejected or are of such minor significance to have had no result-changing impact on the vote-count.

The latest gambit, a federal lawsuit, filed by Francis De Luca, president of the Republican-leaning John William Pope Civitas Institute, is simply another effort to stall the inevitable.

It demands that all of the estimated 90,000 voters who used same-day registration have their addresses verified.

By his own estimate, De Luca confesses the challenge won’t change the election results. “Even if they follow what we are requesting, the results aren’t going to change in most races,” he told WRAL-TV’s Mark Binker.

What the lawsuit does accomplish, is add more chaos and turmoil to the ballot-counting.

It is time to end the charade of claiming fraud and corruption in an election that was free and fair. It is time for our current governor to urge the vote-counting process move ahead without delay.

This is Pat McCrory’s last chance to demonstrate some leadership. He should, for once, stand up to the legislative bullies and partisan political manipulators, and be the governor voters thought they’d elected four years ago.


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  • Alfred Barnes Nov 26, 2016
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    These voting fraud issues have existed for some time. The only reason there's a R super majority in both houses of the GA is proof enough of gerrymandering, but you can't gerrymander an entire state.

    NC voting procedures are a failure of the two party system. So, how do we fix it?

    Proceed with the recount, declare a winner, and let's focus on more important issues, like the environment.

  • Jerry Powell Nov 25, 2016
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    The same dark of the night where a recess was called and then when two NO votes became unavailable to return, the legislature was called back into session and two lottery votes were held near many midnight and two tie votes were broken by Lt Gov Cupcake who then campaigned on her being the one who passed the Lottery? That dark of the night? And marginalizing voters?? Which party said that their voters weren't (fill in your own blank here) "capable " of going to obtain a FREE ID card that could be used to vote and have other uses? I would say that their own leaders were marginalizing them a long time ago.

  • Doug Bogard Nov 25, 2016
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    I vote in Durham. I voted in the primary's and general election. Where I voted we went from macbooks to paper for the voters roll. The macbooks would not print at either election. I voted at 6:30 both elections. Had the same issue twice. Also during the general, the malfunction caused delays in voting. i waited for 20 minutes to vote. During that time, not one computer that was rebooted did anything. In my opinion, they practiced the delay in the primary and pulled it off in the general. The agenda is obvious.

  • Buster Brown Nov 25, 2016
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    oh--in the dark of night when no one is paying attention?? You mean the same dark of night when the Dems met behind closed doors and sho ved the ACA--aka Obamacare down the throats of this nation? That dark on night?

  • William Patterson Nov 25, 2016
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    shows his (lets do it in the dark of night when no one is paying attention) true colors .....he has lost and will be proven to be a loser ...this will just put a few more nails in his coffin lid ....hopefully he will move on from the North Carolina political scene

  • Steve Smith Nov 25, 2016
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    CBC's baseless editorials are an indication you did not get the message on 11-8-16. You are irrelevant as a duplicate voter in Durham and Bladen county. The "Walking Dead," of Chicago lead by Fat Albert have come to the majority AA areas of NC.

  • Stacie Hagwood Nov 25, 2016
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    Asking for a recount is one thing. All these baseless accusations of voter fraud, and the nit-picking that have not served any purpose but to throw a tantrum is just moronic and sophomoric.

  • Fred Holt Nov 25, 2016
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    Scott - what a shame you turn your back on reality by ignoring the facts. Perhaps your words would have better been spent attempting to explain your assertion that more IDs would have averted the futile challenges that Pat and Civitas are pursuing. None of these challenges are about lack of ID or impersonation. They are about felons (repubs record not too good on these challenges), absentees, and impugning the reputation of the GOP boards of election in counties with voters they don't like. Ignorance is a choice - and you've made it. I bet you shared more than one of Putin's fake news stories to your friends.

  • Scott Wilson Nov 25, 2016
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    Gone are the days we listen to any News Media outlet (liberal and biased). I'm sure you all were for Al Gore's hanging chad disaster in FL, but now McCrory just needs to give up. Until the last LEGAL vote is counted (unlike Gore) He needs to stay in the race. Voter ID laws would have cured this but you libs stopped that. Deal with the problems you caused!

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 25, 2016
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    Bias rests or falls on it's own merit, and does not constitute opinion, your objection notwithstanding.