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Lenoir County elections officials battle e-mail rumor

Posted October 28, 2008 3:22 p.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2008 2:51 p.m. EDT

— The Lenoir County Board of Elections office has been flooded with angry phone calls in the past two days because of an e-mail circulating across the country.

The e-mail said black employees of a facility for mentally disabled people took a busload of their charges to a one-stop voting site in Kinston and were helping them fill out their ballots. Democrats also were passing out shots of liquor outside the polling site, according to the e-mail.

Barbara Hammonds, elections supervisor in Lenoir County, said the incidents never took place. Some mentally handicapped people were brought to an early voting site, but poll workers told their aides that they couldn't assist them in the voting booth, she said.

Lester Jarman, a Kinston insurance agent who initially sent the e-mail, recanted his statements Tuesday. He said he based it on hearsay and learned the information was false after he looked into it further.