Archive: 2018 Election

  • GOP senators call for bipartisan probe of 9th District irregularities

    Election irregularities have been an open secret in Bladen County for most of this decade. A group of Republican senators frustrated with lax enforcement, including law enforcement investigations that seem to be going nowhere, say cleaning up the mess is essential to restore public confidence in election integrity.

  • State elections, ethics board releases documents related to probe

    The Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has begun disclosing evidentiary materials related to its investigation of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District election. The disclosure of records, announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, followed complaints by Republicans about the…

  • Odds increase for new election in 9th District, experts suggest

    The prospect Democrats will get their wish for a new election in the 9th Congressional District could be getting stronger. A growing body of news reports suggests coordinated election irregularities occurred in Bladen and Robeson counties, challenging last month’s narrow victory by Republican Mark Harris,…

  • State elections board chief Penry quits amid calls to resign

    Democrat Andy Penry, chairman of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, resigned Saturday. In his resignation letter, first reported by The Washington Post, Penry said he didn’t want controversies surrounding his partisan statements to prevent a fair investigation of alleged voting irregularities in the state’s 9th…

  • State elections board may or may not disappear Monday

    Lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper’s staff are negotiating the structure of a new state agency to replace the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. For now, though, it’s unclear how elections enforcement will be handled after Monday, Dec. 3. That’s when the current board presumably…

  • Wake County GOP calls for removal of elections board chief

    The chairman of the Wake County Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement alleging Chairman Andy Penry, a Democrat, has broken the law. The complaint demands Penry’s removal from office. The complaint comes not only as…

  • Latest voter ID bill has wide support, but legal challenges loom

    A bipartisan bill to implement the state’s new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote whisked through the Senate Select Committee on Elections by unanimous vote. A second round of debate in the Senate Rules Committee and a second floor vote are set for Wednesday, Nov. 28.