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Morrisville ballots counted: Schlink wins election

Posted January 18, 2012

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— Michael Schlink was elected to the Morrisville Town Council Wednesday, beating incumbent Linda Lyons by three votes, after the Wake County Board of Elections voted to count seven absentee ballots.

Lyons said she would not appeal the decision, and Cheri Poucher, Wake's Board of Elections director, was expected to certify the election.

Protests were filed over 11 absentee ballots that the elections board had disqualified. Three of the ballots were illegally witnessed by Lyons, who could face misdemeanor charges, and the others were received after the deadline.

Michael Schlink Morrisville election has ripple effect

Lyons witnessed five absentee ballots, and also tried to vote on Election Day after casting an absentee ballot herself. She told supporters that she didn't know the law regarding witnessing ballots, and she also reportedly told poll workers that she forgot she had already voted.

Wake County elections officials declined all of the protests, which were appealed to the State Board of Elections.

The state board last month denied the protests on the three ballots witnessed by Lyons. Attorneys for the voters had argued that the ballots should be counted because the voters weren't aware of state law prohibiting candidates from acting as witnesses on absentee ballots.

The state board sent the other eight absentee ballots back to Wake County elections officials for more study.

Although the ballots were submitted after the 5 p.m. deadline on the day before the election, the board ruled, they came in within a three-day window after the election in which absentee ballots from military members are counted.

Michael Schlink Morrisville election has ripple effect

Four of the eight ballots were postmarked before the election, while the other four don't have a postmark.

Wake County elections officials said last month they planned to contact the four voters whose absentee ballots weren't postmarked to see if they remember when they mailed their ballots, according to Poucher.

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  • Tax Man Jan 19, 2012

    We need to get rid of this "vote early and vote often" system. Just one vote, with proper ID, at your own polls on election day. No early voting and only absentee ballots for those actually out of town on election day or incapacitated with proof from their doctor. Keep it simple, keep it honest.

  • morgannyy Jan 19, 2012

    Her memory is bad if she forgot she had already voted. A forgetful person shouldn't be in office.
    Click to view my profile 007KnightRider

    BINGO! Enough said!

  • 007KnightRider Jan 19, 2012

    Her memory is bad if she forgot she had already voted. A forgetful person shouldn't be in office.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 19, 2012

    Sounds like something schlinky is going on.

  • aetius476 Jan 19, 2012

    "Attorneys for the voters had argued that the ballots should be counted because the voters weren't aware of state law prohibiting candidates from acting as witnesses on absentee ballots."

    Amazing, supporters of this crook actually hired attorneys to try to force acceptance of their fraudulent ballots!

    What kind of "legal" argument is this? Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    Glad justice prevailed and this scam artist is out of office. I hope they charge her for her illegal behavior.

  • NetHunter Jan 19, 2012

    "What the heck are you talking about? The controversy was a foolish candidate being a witness on a perfectly valid ballot. This has absolutely nothing to do with voter ID. These were the real voters and we eligible to vote in the election." - bill0

    Maybe so, Bill.... but with Lyons as the witness, who's to say that these people voted freely and of their own free will; they are absentee ballots that were (supposedly) mailed in, yet they lack a postmark??? Really???

    Too many inconsistencies that reeks of voter fraud, and to protect the integrity of the system, they should not be counted.
    If the voter is disenfranchised about their vote not being counted, tell them to get off their duffs next time and go to the polls with ID in hand, instead of sending in highly questionable absentee ballots.

  • udaycoosay Jan 19, 2012

    Voter ID will never be required in this democrat state of entitlement culture. Vote early and often, even after you are dead - fraud is the wave of the future!

  • bill0 Jan 18, 2012

    "Voter ID wouldn't have prevented this, but better accountability/registration/tracking processes would. Voter ID is just one aspect of true one person/one vote validation."

    What the heck are you talking about? The controversy was a foolish candidate being a witness on a perfectly valid ballot. This has absolutely nothing to do with voter ID. These were the real voters and we eligible to vote in the election.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 18, 2012

    Don't know the lady and maybe she is a very fine person who does a lot of good, but.. the law is written and should be enforced. Very good that they keep the confidents of the voters in mind in this decision.

  • ladyblue Jan 18, 2012

    Lyons witnessed five absentee ballots, and also tried to vote on Election Day after casting an absentee ballot herself. She told supporters that she didn't know the law regarding witnessing ballots, and she also reportedly told poll workers that she forgot she had already voted.

    If she can't remeber if she's already voted why on God's green earth would she think people think she's capable of doing and remembering the job. rofl......this is about as ridiculous as I ever heard from someone for an excuse of getting caught doing a "no no"....

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