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Elections officials: Morrisville candidate tried to vote twice

Posted November 8, 2011

— A three-term Morrisville Town Council member running for re-election tried to vote Tuesday after already submitting an early absentee ballot, Wake County Board of Elections officials said.

Linda Lyons, who serves District 1, was already under investigation by the elections board in connection with the handling of at least five absentee ballots for voters in her district, board Director Cherie Poucher said Monday.

Five absentee ballots had to be thrown out after voters told elections officials that Lyons was the signed witness on their ballots and that she took possession of the ballots after voters filled them out, Poucher said.

It is a felony to even touch a ballot belonging to anyone but a close relative.

Lyons went to the poll on Tuesday, but officials said her absentee ballot was already counted.

Unofficial elections results Tuesday night show that Lyons trailed challenger Mike Schlink by three votes.

Because the difference is less than 1 percent, it could be subject to a recount.


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  • dejavu2u Nov 9, 2011

    Linda Lyons' response to why she tried to vote twice? She said she forgot that she voted early. Anyone here believe that nonsense? Let the Grand Jury ask her and then add Perjury to the charges.

  • dejavu2u Nov 9, 2011

    She reminds me of Delores Scott, a former Morrisville Commissioner who was arrested years ago after bribing an undercover agent. Both are crooked liars who will say or do anything to get what they want. It's finally caught up with her. Linda Lyons needs to be removed from office and serve active prison time. It's the only way to send a message to other criminal politicians who are thinking of doing something as stupid as she did!

  • missdawg Nov 9, 2011

    Glad to see that there's no corruption whatsoever in our political system...

  • Plenty Coups Nov 9, 2011

    "How many got thru without an ID??"

    You could ask the BOE how many people showed up twice. That would indicate a problem but it almost never happens. Again, voter IDs are a solution in search of a problem that preys on would ofs and could ofs.

  • cjw6105 Nov 9, 2011

    Vote early and vote often.

  • concerncitizen Nov 9, 2011

    @zipper recurve, we do not have a voting fraud problem in this country! This is just some nut running around causing a little problem in a very small election in an even smaller city... This county is founded on everyone having an equal chance to vote... you Republican Tea Party wanta beeee's need to stop with the fraud talk...

  • ZIPPER RECURVE Nov 9, 2011

    So you caught one... How many got thru without an ID??

  • JustAName Nov 9, 2011

    Ms. Lyons and Mr. Lee apparently working from the same voter handbook. Round up your voters and send out their votes.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 9, 2011

    "The party that opposes cracking down on voter fraud."

    No, they oppose having the same state that claims its too broke to properly fund education, have to spend millions of dollars on voter IDs that wouldn't have prevented this problem anyway.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 9, 2011

    She might as well waive her right to a recount. If these allegations are true she should not be allowed to serve on the town council anyway.