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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:51 pm

BEAUFORT — County elections officials say the state has identified another ineligible ballot cast here during the November presidential election by a convicted felon.  

The Board of Elections was updated by staff on the additional presumed fraudulent ballot during their March 1 board meeting at their offices off Live Oak Street. 

“We had another felon that they found,” BOE Director Sharon Lewis told her panel early this month. “ … I guess the state is cross checking.”

An investigator with the State Board of Elections in Raleigh identified the convicted felon, Wesley Horne, who allegedly voted in person on Election Day at a Morehead City polling site. 

According to information given to the county BOE, he was arrested in 2011 on a felony charge, convicted in 2014 and is serving out his probation. 

Staff at the polls apparently were not able to identify him as a felon and allowed him to vote, though state voting records show his voter registration has since been pulled.  

A phone number for Mr. Horne could not be found.

Carteret County has challenged at least three other ballots from November’s election – another cast by a felon, one cast by the wife of a deceased voter on his behalf and one unmarked ballot that was erroneously fed through a machine. 

Local election boards and the state have operated under increasing levels of scrutiny this fall as GOP operatives and party officials blamed voter fraud for a tight gubernatorial race. 

Among allegations leveled in North Carolina were calls that Democrats had paid for ballots, that voters had cast more than one ballot, that absentee ballot fraud was rampant and that Durham County mishandled thousands of ballots giving then-Democratic candidate Roy Cooper an edge.

The Republican Party lodged dozens of challenges to ballots in counties across the state, though they were largely debunked following state investigations. 

Former Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his loss to Mr. Cooper Dec. 5.   

At least two of the three presumed fraudulent ballots being challenged by the Carteret County BOE or state were cast by registered Republicans. 

The state has now turned over all three of those ballots – the two cast by convicted felons and the one cast by the wife of a deceased voter – to the district attorney’s office. 

“My office received them last week and are in the process of reviewing those,” District 3B Attorney Scott Thomas confirmed Wednesday. “We’ll be making a decision about how to proceed.”


Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 232; email; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

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  • JusticeForAll posted at 8:30 pm on Wed, Mar 15, 2017.

    JusticeForAll Posts: 634

    Spot on francis.

  • francis posted at 8:12 am on Wed, Mar 15, 2017.

    francis Posts: 4135

    When it comes to politics, irony greets one at most every twist and turn. I do not find any joy when it comes to fraud, no matter which party they claim as theirs. Certain there are plenty more out there, just have not been identified. Need to follow up on these 3 and see if they are indeed prosecuted and the level of punishment. If any!

  • Sailorbuoy posted at 3:30 pm on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    Sailorbuoy Posts: 39

    francis, considering that the Republicans are the ones crying foul, YES it is ironical that 2 of the three cases of fraud are theirs!!

  • JusticeForAll posted at 12:21 pm on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    JusticeForAll Posts: 634

    Useful mathematics:

    2920 days - Donald J. Trump as President.

    0 days - Hillary as President.

  • dc posted at 9:44 am on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    dc Posts: 5081

    Some reality is in order. DT won the EC by a sizeable margin. McCrory lost by a pretty narrow margin. The Ds are in bad shape nationwide.

  • francis posted at 9:26 am on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    francis Posts: 4135

    All this useless banter matters not. Not going to change a thing. Try to do better next cycle. We have what we have so deal with it.

    OO; you are so smart. A legend in your own mind. You know, there is treatment available.

  • 00rolf posted at 7:03 am on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    00rolf Posts: 841

    Some mathematics is needed.
    The idiot in the White House claims that there are 5 million fraudulent ballots for Clinton. That equals 7.6% or almost 1 in every 13.
    For Carteret County there should be 755 fraudulent ballots for Clinton.
    The one found is a little short of the claim.

    If one assumes that voters in Carteret County have more or less the same honesty as the rest of the country it should be 6,622 fraudulent ballots for Clinton.
    Just short of the idiot’s claim...

  • NC-Native-Son posted at 5:40 pm on Mon, Mar 13, 2017.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 411

    If you break down Trumps accusation of millions of fraudulent ballots, Carteret County's share is hundreds. These three ballots are low-hanging fruit that the DA needs to use to set an example.

  • dc posted at 12:17 pm on Mon, Mar 13, 2017.

    dc Posts: 5081

    Wonder how many were sent in by mostly D areas? Probably zero because we know it just doesn''t happen in their areas especially the far left progressive liberal urban areas. Got to have BOE honest enough to refer them before anything can be done. Again, we know those D controlled areas are just totally honest. That is the reason they have a problem with the very mention of voter fraud.

  • francis posted at 9:28 am on Mon, Mar 13, 2017.

    francis Posts: 4135

    Sailorbuoy' does it matter if they are Ds or Rs? Thought a crook was a crook.

  • francis posted at 7:34 am on Mon, Mar 13, 2017.

    francis Posts: 4135

    3 fraudulent ballots in one precinct, in one county, in one state in the whole country. Who was it that claimed there was no voter fraud? Of course there isn't, if you don't look. Just how little fraud is acceptable?

  • Sailorbuoy posted at 11:10 pm on Sun, Mar 12, 2017.

    Sailorbuoy Posts: 39

    Interesting that 2 of the 3 were cast by Republicans. Bring it on!!

  • NC-Native-Son posted at 5:02 pm on Sun, Mar 12, 2017.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 411

    Not only the wife of the dead man, but two witnesses also signed the envelope with the ballot. That is a conspiracy. In light of Trump's accusation of millions of cases of voter fraud, Scott Thomas has an obligation to do something to set an example.

  • 00rolf posted at 1:57 pm on Sun, Mar 12, 2017.

    00rolf Posts: 841

    Four months after the election and they have found three fraudulent ballots?
    Find the 5 million that the idiot in Washington claims to know about.
    How much time and money have they spent to find the three ballots?
    It is a joke, a really bad one.

  • Carteret Native 01 posted at 1:29 pm on Sun, Mar 12, 2017.

    Carteret Native 01 Posts: 44

    I am pleased that my tax dollars are being using to track down rampant voter fraud. We need more of these witch hunts in order to fully and completely document the Trump landslide. I'm waiting for the news that Mr. Horne was bussed to New England where he voted more than 325 times in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Nova Scotia. Remember, you heard it first right here in the Times-News.


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