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NAACP concerned about voter intimidation at NC polling sites

Posted November 5, 2012 1:20 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2012 1:32 p.m. EST

— A day before Election Day, the NAACP is calling on state and federal leaders to protect voters from intimidation that leaders called "beyond troubling."

The request comes after the NAACP says it received a photo of an open-air trailer near an early-polling site in Goldsboro with effigies of former and current elected officials, including President Barack Obama, with nooses around their necks.

Elections officials have already asked Wayne County prosecutors and the U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate the reports.

National NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said at a news conference Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice has also accepted a request by the group to have security and will be across the state to ensure voter rights.

On the state level, state chapter NAACP President Rev. William Barber has asked the North Carolina attorney general and the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for security, particularly at polling sites with where minority voters have felt intimidated.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett said Monday that county election boards across the state have been advised to monitor for voter intimidation and to call local law enforcement or the FBI to investigate any complaints.