Elections officials: Morrisville candidate tried to vote twice
Posted November 8, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.