Elections officials investigate after voter's party affiliation switched

Posted October 4, 2012 12:40 p.m. EDT

Elections officials are looking into how a Raleigh woman's party affiliation was changed when she recently moved her voter registration from Durham to Wake County.

Kelley DeAngelus, an attorney with the Wake County Public Defender’s office, said Thursday that she registered under her new address with a man at a table outside the Wake County Courthouse. She said she left the party affiliation line blank because she planned to remain as an independent.

DeAngelus said she checked the State Board of Elections website to find out her new polling place and found that the registration listed her as a Republican.

After she complained, she said the Wake County Board of Elections traced the registration to hundreds of forms submitted by the Wake County Republican Party. The matter has been turned over to the State Board of Elections.

The case comes on the heels of an investigation into the operations of a company hired by various state GOP organizations, including North Carolina's, that has been tied to fraudulent voter registrations.