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Down three votes, Morrisville candidate under investigation

Posted November 9, 2011

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— A three-term Morrisville Town Council member who ended up three votes shy of re-election Tuesday night is under investigation by the Wake County Board of Elections.

Linda Lyons allegedly signed five absentee ballots as a witness and then showed up to the polls to vote Tuesday after casting an absentee ballot, said Director Cherie Poucher.

"Linda Lyons had witnessed the absentee ballot envelopes, which is a violation of election laws," she said. 

Those five ballots were thrown out and not counted, Poucher said. 

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

Lyons told supporters that she didn't know the law. She also allegedly told poll workers that she forgot she had already cast an absentee ballot.

When she showed up to the polls to cast her vote, records indicated that her absentee ballot had already been counted. Poll workers caught the problem, and Lyons left before casting another ballot, which means she won't be charged.

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She could still face misdemeanor charges for witnessing and improperly handling absentee ballots. In addition to the five ballots Lyons had signed, elections officials said she asked fellow council member Steve Diehl to hand-deliver six absentee ballots from voters in her district to the Board of Elections.

In 20 years of working with the elections board, Poucher said she has never seen a candidate sign a ballot as a witness or try to vote twice.

Challenger Michael Schlink said he had never heard anything like it, either.

"It's strange," he said.

If the difference in votes between Lyons and Schlink remains less than 1 percent after they are certified next week, the race could be subject to a recount. The losing candidate has until 5 p.m. next Wednesday to request a recount.

Lyons has not responded to repeated calls for comment and called police when a WRAL News crew tried to interview her at home Wednesday.

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  • Krimson Nov 10, 2011

    She got busted already... Throw her patootey out of the race...

  • Scaramouche Nov 10, 2011

    "One picture is worth a thousand words."

    Not always. Pictures lie/distort just as easily, if not more so, than words. Remember the couple "making out" in the middle of the riot?

  • Retired07 Nov 10, 2011

    One picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Chapel Hill Conservative Nov 10, 2011

    From the story:
    1) "It is a felony to even touch a ballot belonging to anyone but a close relative."
    2) "She could still face misdemeanor charges for witnessing and improperly handling absentee ballots."

    Which is it?

  • Scaramouche Nov 10, 2011

    beachboater, what is your teeny tiny little point? Of course both sides are doing it. That was what I was saying.

  • beachboater Nov 10, 2011

    "http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=republican+voter+fraud&gbv=2&oq=republican+voter+fraud&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=1282l1282l0l1735l1l1l0l0l0l0l375l375l3-1l1l0" 10 sec google search Scaramouche

    Substitute Democrat for republican in the above search and see what you get. hahaha.

  • Scaramouche Nov 10, 2011

    "All the more reason for the Voter ID law to be passed"

    Voter ID wouldn't fix this issue. besides, it's unconstitutional.

    "but you Libs keep claiming that there is no voter fraud."

    Firest, I'm not a Liberal, second, no they don't. Why do you ahve to keep lying about that?

    "With over 2 million google hits, I guess there must be some going on?"

    Yes, your side is whining and crying about it like a little girl with a skinned knee.

  • Gary_too Nov 10, 2011

    Apparently it isn't only Democrats voting twice. says Scaramouche

    All the more reason for the Voter ID law to be passed, but you Libs keep claiming that there is no voter fraud. With over 2 million google hits, I guess there must be some going on?

  • Scaramouche Nov 10, 2011

    "Oh, sorry, I forget, voter fraud doesn't occur, it is all a Reublican fantasy, tsk, tsk."

    oh please, stop lying about my position. I have never said it dosen't occur. Both sides of teh aisle do it. It jsut isn't the massive, country threatening, issue you want us to believe it is, not will a Voter ID law fix it.

  • Scaramouche Nov 10, 2011

    Now, Gary, here is a counter story for you.

    http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-arapahoe-co-man-convicted-of-voting-twice-20110912,0,5063518.story

    Apparently it isn't only Democrats voting twice.

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