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Lenoir County elections officials battle e-mail rumor

Posted October 28, 2008
Updated October 29, 2008

— The Lenoir County Board of Elections office has been flooded with angry phone calls in the past two days because of an e-mail circulating across the country.

The e-mail said black employees of a facility for mentally disabled people took a busload of their charges to a one-stop voting site in Kinston and were helping them fill out their ballots. Democrats also were passing out shots of liquor outside the polling site, according to the e-mail.

Barbara Hammonds, elections supervisor in Lenoir County, said the incidents never took place. Some mentally handicapped people were brought to an early voting site, but poll workers told their aides that they couldn't assist them in the voting booth, she said.

Lester Jarman, a Kinston insurance agent who initially sent the e-mail, recanted his statements Tuesday. He said he based it on hearsay and learned the information was false after he looked into it further.


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  • CarolinianByChoice Oct 29, 2008

    LOL Phoenix68, you are right!

  • Phoenix68 Oct 28, 2008

    I Googled Lester Jarman - I found out that his wife is a paralegal working for a trial attorney in Kinston: http://www.nctrialattorneys.com/SSJ.htm.

    He may need the services if he keeps it up...

  • CarolinianByChoice Oct 28, 2008

    I recently received an email with a story that Maureen Dowd had supposedly written about part of Barack Obama’s money coming from “suspicious offshore sources”. The email touts Ms. Dowd’s credentials in effort to give lend credibility to the story. Checking it out, I found that Ms. Dowd’s actual column published on the date in question was about Hilary Clinton’s supporters. She never wrote the story in the email(which was rife with misinformation and downright lies).
    It makes me ill that people accuse politicians/candidates of playing dirty and feeding the American public lies while these very same people are proponents of and contributors to the same acts of manipulative misinformation. Even sadder is there people out there who are unable to sift through the trash to find the truth. They zre casting votes based on these blatant lies!
    Mr. Jarman, you can be assured I will never purchase an insurance policy from you & hope others who read this won't either.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Oct 28, 2008

    Thats not lulu Lester the child molester is it?

  • mcs0520 Oct 28, 2008

    Mr. Jarman says that he recants his story, but judging from his postings on various right wing websites, he claims that these actions were witnessed first hand. The amount of hate that spews forth from these nut jobs is truly incredible. Mr. Jarman sounds apologetic, but judging from the company he keeps online, he is just as radical as the rest. "No Christmas in the White House...Obama is a Muslim...terrorists take over the U.S government," etc. Did you know, Mr. Jarman, that Barack Obama is NOT a Muslim...but what if he was? So what? Did you know, Mr. Jarman, that the U.S. Constitution forbids an exclusion from public office based on religious affiliation? You wouldn't want to go against the U.S. Constitution, would you? Some people might think that YOU'RE the terrorist. So now, your crackpot story has caught up with you and you back down. Typical Republican flip-flopper manipulating the conservative media elites. Your hate will come back to you one day.

  • grandmagail Oct 28, 2008

    Lester Jarman should have checked out the rumor before sending an e-mail. Checking it after the fact doesn't get it. For shame.

  • fourfivesix Oct 28, 2008

    full text of the email can be found here http://tinyurl.com/lesterjarman

  • fourfivesix Oct 28, 2008

    a disabled person can vote with the help of a near relative or legal guardian. the email actually said "Most of them cannot read or write and many of them are also blind. This must be illegal!!!!"

    seriously?! lester thinks that it must be illegal to vote if you're BLIND. you should ashamed of yourself.

  • Skywatch_NC Oct 28, 2008

    Not meaning to sound cold ...but how would a mentally disabled person have the faculties to vote.

  • thompson409035 Oct 28, 2008

    If a person has to be assisted that much, should they be able to vote????? I think this is truly sad and that these people are being taken advantage of. Some people are so ruthless that they will pick on poor MR people to get an extra vote. SHAME ON THEM!