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County officials call on legislative leaders to release federal election funds

Election officials from more than 85 counties have sent a letter to legislative leaders urging them to release $4 million designated for improving the administration of the 2012 elections.

The funds come from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 and are already in a NC bank account. But as the folks at Democracy North Carolina have pointed out, the General Assembly must appropriate an additional $660,000 to the State Board of Election to meet certain federal guidelines before the final $4 million can be spent.

The bipartisan group of election officials note in their letter that given the large voter turnout this fall, the new district lines, and split precincts, the federal HAVA funds are needed for poll worker training, the testing of voting equipment, and other technical support needs.

You can read the full letter to Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger here.

If the funds are not appropriated, State Board of Elections executive director Gary Bartlett has said counties would likely be forced to operate 100 fewer early voting sites than were available in 2008.

4 Comments


  1. david esmay

    February 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Don’t free and fair elections run counter to Tillis and Berger’s vision of NC?

  2. Pam Williamson

    February 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The Democrats still control the State and County Boards of Elections. If 100 early voting sites are to be closed because of this, they should all be in Republican areas.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    The truth is important so lets examine some facts.

    Do you think the GA might be worried about Larry Leake and his past in Madison County? Check it out, it is interesting.
    Do think the GA might be worried Doug Bartlett might hire his family and friends for employment?
    Do you think they might be concerned about staff hired to work the polls might go inside and instruct people how to vote?(all for the Democrats)
    Do you think there is a concern about Leak’s statement he probably should have investigated Perdue more thoroughly and a misuse of this money would be not be investigated thoroughly?
    Are there concerns on your part of illegal activites?

  4. david esmay

    February 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Frances don’t you think you should be concerned that Phil Berger gerry-mandered a tailor made district to install his son in the GA? I see you’ve been scouring civitas for your talking points again.

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