The Scotland County Board of Elections is expected to initiate fraud charges against a felon that officials say voted during in last year’s general election.
The elections board said it plans to turn the name over to the county District Attorney’s office later this week.
Officials claim the voter was on probation at the time of the election and was not eligible to vote. Voting while a felon is considered a Class I felony.
“We sent him a letter asking him to come to a hearing, and he didn’t respond, so we will be turning that name over to the District Attorney’s office,” said Dell Parker, county board of elections director.
A woman who registered to vote and voted on the same day during the one-stop voting period may also face voter fraud charges.
“We had one female who actually came in, registered, and voted during one-stop,” said Parker. “As soon as she did the we got a letter from Virginia telling us that she’s registered there. I’m investigating whether she voted there as well, and if she did we have two names we will turn over.”
Parker declined to name the accused in either case until her office has been in contact with the DA.
The board has dropped its investigation involving Charles Ingram, a Wagram voter forced to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day after being told he had already voted.
Officials say they discovered that a vote cast by Ingram’s son during early voting was registered under his father’s name.
“The board did not feel as if there was an attempt at voter fraud there, as the son signed the ballot as ‘junior,’” said Dell Parker, board of elections director. “In that case the board is not going to take any action.”
Also on Monday, the board approved an application for funding from the N.C. Board of Elections, which was signed by chair Janna Williams.
Under the Help America Vote Act, the Scotland County Board of Elections is eligible for over $5,000 in Title I funding, money allocated for improvements in election administration.
“They are willing to reimburse us for the coding, the layout, and the audit charges for the second primary as well as the presidential elections that we just had,” Parker said. “When the state reimburses the money, it’s not county money, it’s actually money that will go back into the board of elections budget so that we can have it if we need it.”
The funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis, and if their application is granted, the local board of elections expects to receive $2,081.25 in reimbursement for expenses incurred during the second primary and $3,268.63 for expenses related to the general election.