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More than a dozen incidents of voter intimidation, harassment or election interference reported in NC during midterm voting

Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections.
(Screenshot from Election Day virtual news conference)
Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the 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 during midterm voting.

The executive director of the State Board of Elections Karen Brinson Bell said the 15 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.

“Where the incidents occurred, it was reported either there at the voting site or if it occurred at the county board of elections and they have notified the state board of elections so we can investigate," she said, "If needed, they’ve reported it to law enforcement. They, the 15, all have different variables but everything went as we would have intended.”

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

She also said voting by mail was a popular option in the midterm election and Brinson Bell believes it will remain so going forward.

“It’s a very popular voting method that I think we’ll continue to see use of, and potentially more substantial use.”

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