Harris' father casts vote before passing away

Posted April 19, 2014
Updated April 20, 2014

The Rev. Mark Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to supporters in Greensboro on April 19, 2014.

— When the Rev. Mark Harris spoke to a crowd of supporters in Greensboro Saturday morning, he recalled his father, Everette, as a powerful influence on his life. 

Everette Harris died this week at age 89.

"We are in the process over these next several days of not only remembering his life but so much of what he taught me. But to be honest, it's not going to be a great deal different from what we've been sharing all across North Carolina for the past several months," Harris told the room. "Because you see – and those of your in this room know me – what you see is what you get with Mark Harris." 

Harris is among eight Republicans running in the May 6 primary for the chance to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. 

Early in-person voting begins this coming Thursday, but absentee by-mail period began on March 17.

"I'm going to tell you, a couple weeks ago, my dad cast his absentee ballot," Harris said to cheers from the crowd of roughly 75 supporters.

"And I'm going to tell you, because we understand that being absent from the body is being present with the lord, we see absentee ballots in a whole new way," Harris continued, getting appreciative laughs from the crowd. 

State Board of Elections data confirms it has received a by-mail absentee ballot from Everett G. Harris of Winston-Salem.


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  • sunshine1040 Apr 22, 2014

    Yes but at one time the law said you had to be alive on election day to cast your ballot I believe it also said of sound mind but not any more.

  • Kenny Dunn Apr 21, 2014
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    Then there is the case of taking my blind father in law to vote. I'm allowed to fully cast his ballot just based on verbal commands and no oversight. I never would, but I could easily just put my votes in for his and nobody would ever know. Fortunately, he & I are pretty much on the same political page but I could see where others may be tempted.

  • Danny22 Apr 21, 2014

    My mother who is in a nursing home has already voted because you have to apply early and there must be adequate time to verify the vote. Her vote should not be pulled if she dies bc she did meet the deadlines for early voting.