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Lenoir County elections board quits

Posted March 19, 2013

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— All three sitting members of the Lenoir County Board of Elections resigned Monday following months of tension between the board and the county's longtime elections director.

In January, the board petitioned Gary Bartlett, executive director of the State Board of Elections, to let them fire county elections director Dana King on allegations of mismanagement.

Bartlett denied their petition, saying both sides were to blame for poor communications and personality conflicts. He placed King on probation until Dec. 1 and ordered both sides to take corrective action.

Board Chairwoman Sharon Kanter and member Kim Allison, both Democrats, resigned Monday in protest.

Secretary Oscar Herring, a Republican, said he was leaving to spend more time with his grandchild.

County leaders will have to appoint replacements for the three board members, whose terms were set to expire July 1.

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  • ICTrue Mar 20, 2013

    ""Secretary Oscar Herring, a Republican, said he was leaving to spend more time with his grandchild."

    @4Strikes - guess you missed that sentence in your zeal to drop your Democratic stinger." wanderer

    No, my "zeal" was appropriate and well placed. The two Democrats ran home crying because the Executive Director wouldn't let them fire the Elections Director because he is a Republican. What was the third member of the board supposed to do, be a one-man board? Sounds like he pretty much already was.

  • jenjengirl89 Mar 20, 2013

    "gary bartlett has long been a problem and the state would do well to see him replaced-- immediately if not sooner."
    The State Director of Elections is appointed and works at the pleasure of the Governor. McCrory has every right to replace him under the law.

  • ripetomatoes Mar 20, 2013

    I guess they showed you, Mr. Bartlett. Way to resolve the problems they were having.

  • juniorcooper947 Mar 20, 2013

    Lenoir County lost population yet again in the latest census figures. We are still waiting for those 50,000 to 100,000 jobs out there at that big airport. And we really don't need an elections board. Nothing much happens around here so they will not be missed. Wake us up next time something happens. Are we still holding Richmond?

  • Cock a doodle doo Mar 20, 2013

    Finally, some bipartisanship.

  • wildpig777 Mar 20, 2013

    gary bartlett has long been a problem and the state would do well to see him replaced-- immediately if not sooner.

  • wanderer Mar 20, 2013

    "Secretary Oscar Herring, a Republican, said he was leaving to spend more time with his grandchild."

    @4Strikes - guess you missed that sentence in your zeal to drop your Democratic stinger.