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Sixteen incidents of alleged voter intimidation, harassment or election interference reported in NC

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Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections

More than a dozen incidents of alleged voter intimidation, harassment or election interference have been reported to North Carolina elections officials since the start of early in-person voting.

In a news conference just ahead of election day, Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, said the 16 complaints included voters and election workers being yelled at, aggressive campaigning, and, in at least one case, some someone following a poll worker from the voting site to an election office and then to the election worker’s home.

These reports are under review by the board's investigative unit.

Brinson Bell said investigators will determine whether the case will be turned over to a district attorney or, defending on the circumstanced, the Department of Justice.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.