PINE KNOLL SHORES — District Attorney Scott Thomas said since no violation of election laws happened, no criminal charges will be filed against Jim Turner of Pine Knoll Shores, following a “joke” he made on Facebook late last week. 

Mr. Thomas said that while the matter was looked into, the State Board of Elections did not find any truth to Mr. Turner’s comments that he voted multiple times. Mr. Thomas said, “It is important to protect the integrity of our election process by fully investigating credible allegations of misconduct that come to our attention. We will continue to do this in the future.”

The N.C. Board of Elections determined that a controversial Facebook post by Mr. Turner that went viral is not evidence of voter fraud.

In fact, according to the County Board of Elections, Mr. Turner had not even voted once when the Facebook post was made, let alone four times as his comment stated.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said that since no violation of election laws happened, that no criminal charges will be filed against Mr. Turner.  “It is important to protect the integrity of our election process by fully investigating credible allegations of misconduct that come to our attention,” said Mr. Thomas. “We will continue to do this in the future.”

Mr. Turner has since said that he would only be voting once, and that would be on Tuesday. While Mr. Turner has obtained legal counsel and is refusing television or personal interviews, he released a statement Monday explaining the situation that led to his statement gaining national attention.

“While on Facebook Friday November 2nd, I noticed my daughter had ‘liked’ a posting by the Barak [sic] Obama Facebook page about early voting in North Carolina. I clicked on the link believing I was being directed to my daughter’s private Facebook page. Instead I posted, on the very public Barak [sic] Obama Facebook Page now the infamous following statement.”

His statement continued to say that his posts “would not have been an issue if the people who know me and my ‘way with words’ were the only people who read them. Unfortunately that was not the case.” Mr. Turner said he was told his statements has reached more than 4 million web hits since Friday.

On Friday, Mr. Turner stated on Facebook that he had voted multiple times in favor of President Barack Obama. He now says he is only “guilty of not understanding the power of the Internet.

The post was apparently intended as a joke – one of the towns he mentions voting in doesn’t even have a one-stop site. And according to election records, there are two people in Pine Knoll Shores named James Turner and neither of them had voted during the one-stop period.

But the post was taken seriously by some and according to news reports Mr. Turner has received threats over the comment.

The State Board of Elections was notified of the post and an investigator spoke with Mr. Turner Monday morning, according to Johnnie McLean, deputy director with the state board.

A statement was released late Monday by Gary Bartlett, Executive Director with the state Board of Elections that said the office had “received numerous emails and phone calls from individuals justifiably concerned about a posting on Facebook” made by Mr. Turner.  The press release said after an investigation, it was determined that “he is a senior citizen who made an unfortunate attempt at a ‘joke.’ ”

The press release concluded with the statement that, “Every claim or allegation of multiple voting must be taken seriously, but we have concluded that it did not occur in this case.”

Mr. Turner’s comment, which was posted Friday, states the following: “I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt (Romney) and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.”

Someone who saw the post took a screen shot of the page as proof of his comment. It was then passed along to the County Board of Elections, which submitted it to the state board. The original Facebook post was later removed.

On Monday morning, Katie Muns with the County Board of Elections said, “This rumor isn’t a case of voter fraud, it is a case of very poor judgment.”

Multiple phone calls to Mr. Turner’s residence were not answered Monday morning. The answering machine was full and would not accept any additional messages. News reports say that Mr. Turner has had to leave his residence due to the number of threats to his safety, and the well-being of his family.

Ken Jones, the mayor of Pine Knoll Shores, said he has received numerous emails from across the nation on the situation since Friday.

On Friday after the original comment was posted and removed, Mr. Turner posted another status on his own page. “I posted a comment to Jami’s page earlier today and it now lives in cybersomewhere. I can’t seem to get with the whole Facebook thing. I made [a] bold comment on the future of my grandchildren under a Romney presidency and now it is gone. I think my comments were deleted as part of a conspiracy inspired by some who see our national glass as half empty.”

The comment has no privacy setting, which allows anyone to read and share it. Although Mr. Turner has just 43 “friends” on his Facebook account, the second post was shared 169 times by Tuesday.

 

Contact Anna Harvey at 252-726-7081, ext. 227; email anna@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @annaccnt

(earlier reports)

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES — The N.C. Board of Elections has determined that a controversial Facebook post by Pine Knoll Shores resident Jim Turner that went viral is not evidence of voter fraud.

 

In fact, according to the County Board of Elections, Mr. Turner had not even voted once when the Facebook post was made, let alone four times as his comment stated.

 

News reports state that Carteret County District attorney Scott Thomas will not prosecute Mr. Turner for his comments. Mr. Thomas had not returned comment to the News-Times as of Tuesday morning on the matter.

 

Mr. Turner has since said that he would only be voting once, and that would be on Tuesday. While Mr. Turner has obtained legal counsel and is refusing television or personal interviews, he released a statement Monday explaining the situation that led to his statement gaining national attention.

 

“While on Facebook Friday November 2nd, I noticed my daughter had ‘liked’ a posting by the Barak [sic] Obama Facebook page about early voting in North Carolina. I clicked on the link believing I was being directed to my daughter’s private Facebook page. Instead I posted, on the very public Barak [sic] Obama Facebook Page now the infamous following statement.”

 

His statement continued to say that his posts “would not have been an issue if the people who know me and my ‘way with words’ were the only people who read them. Unfortunately that was not the case.” Mr. Turner said he was told his statements has reached more than 4 million web hits since Friday.

 

On Friday, Mr. Turner stated on Facebook that he had voted multiple times in favor of President Barack Obama. He now says he is only “guilty of not understanding the power of the Internet.

 

The post was apparently intended as a joke – one of the towns he mentions voting in doesn’t even have a one-stop site. And according to election records, there are two people in Pine Knoll Shores named James Turner and neither of them had voted during the one-stop period.

 

But the post was taken seriously by some and according to news reports Mr. Turner has received threats over the comment.

 

The State Board of Elections was notified of the post and an investigator spoke with Mr. Turner Monday morning, according to Johnnie McLean, deputy director with the state board.

 

A statement was released late Monday by Gary Bartlett, Executive Director with the state Board of Elections that said the office had “received numerous emails and phone calls from individuals justifiably concerned about a posting on Facebook” made by Mr. Turner.  The press release said after an investigation, it was determined that “he is a senior citizen who made an unfortunate attempt at a ‘joke.’ ”

 

The press release concluded with the statement that, “Every claim or allegation of multiple voting must be taken seriously, but we have concluded that it did not occur in this case.”

 

Mr. Turner’s comment, which was posted Friday, states the following: “I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt (Romney) and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.”

 

Someone who saw the post took a screen shot of the page as proof of his comment. It was then passed along to the County Board of Elections, which submitted it to the state board. The original Facebook post was later removed.

 

On Monday morning, Katie Muns with the County Board of Elections said, “This rumor isn’t a case of voter fraud, it is a case of very poor judgment.”

 

Multiple phone calls to Mr. Turner’s residence were not answered Monday morning. The answering machine was full and would not accept any additional messages. News reports say that Mr. Turner has had to leave his residence due to the number of threats to his safety, and the well-being of his family.

 

Ken Jones, the mayor of Pine Knoll Shores, said he has received numerous emails from across the nation on the situation since Friday.

 

On Friday after the original comment was posted and removed, Mr. Turner posted another status on his own page. “I posted a comment to Jami’s page earlier today and it now lives in cybersomewhere. I can’t seem to get with the whole Facebook thing. I made [a] bold comment on the future of my grandchildren under a Romney presidency and now it is gone. I think my comments were deleted as part of a conspiracy inspired by some who see our national glass as half empty.”

 

The comment has no privacy setting, which allows anyone to read and share it. Although Mr. Turner has just 43 “friends” on his Facebook account, the second post was shared 169 times by Tuesday.

 

 


   

Pine Knoll Shores — The N.C. Board of Elections has determined that a controversial Facebook post by Pine Knoll Shores resident Jim Turner that went viral is not evidence of voter fraud.

In fact, according to the County Board of Elections, Mr. Turner hasn't even voted once yet, let alone four times as his comment states.

Mr. Turner on Friday stated on Facebook that he had voted multiple times in favor of President Barack Obama.

The post was apparently intended as a joke – one of the towns he mentions voting in doesn’t even have a one-stop site. And according to election records, there are two people in Pine Knoll Shores named James Turner and neither of them had voted during the one-stop period.

But the post was taken seriously by some and according to news reports Mr. Turner has received threats over the comment.

The State Board of Elections was notified of the post and an investigator spoke with Mr. Turner Monday morning, according to Johnnie McLean, deputy director with the state board.

Ms. McLean said that as far as she knows, no legal action will be taken against him. Mr. Turner has attained an attorney over the incident, she said.

Mr. Turner’s comment, which was posted Friday, states the following: “I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt (Romney) and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.”

Someone who saw the post took a screen shot of the page as proof of his comment. It was then passed along to the County Board of Elections, which submitted it to the state board. The original Facebook post was later removed.

On Monday morning, Katie Muns with the County Board of Elections said, “This rumor isn’t a case of voter fraud, it is a case of very poor judgment.”

Multiple phone calls to Mr. Turner’s residence were not answered Monday morning. The answering machine was full and would not accept any additional messages.

Ken Jones, the mayor of Pine Knoll Shores, said he has received emails on the situation since Friday.

On Friday after the original comment was posted and removed, Mr. Turner posted another status on his own page. “I posted a comment to Jami’s page earlier today and it now lives in cybersomewhere. I can’t seem to get with the whole Facebook thing. I made [a] bold comment on the future of my grandchildren under a Romney presidency and now it is gone. I think my comments were deleted as part of a conspiracy inspired by some who see our national glass as half empty.”

The comment has no privacy setting, which allows anyone to read and share it. Although Mr. Turner has just 43 “friends” on his Facebook account, the second post was shared 164 times by Monday.

(12) comments

Big Fat Drunk Republican

And of course the sheep from the right believed it. And of course they started threats.

Sad how uninformed they really are.

tgoc

I'm glad to see there are some older folks scared of Romney.

Old Patriot

I don't think his daughter has as much to fear in Romney as she does in dear old dad. Maybe he's off his medicine.

H2R

joke?

H2R

"And according to election records, there are two people in Pine Knoll Shores named James Turner and neither of them had voted during the one-stop period." As we do not have voter ID laws North Carolina, why would you check to see if he voted under his own name?

mltrom

I certainly hope they are still investigating this. According to a post on his FB page he was involved in voter registrations in his town.

mltrom

Hmmm???? Weird! My post was deleted. No worries. I will not let this rest.

bluedevils

vote for romney you cant be better off now.. no real jobs around here..worst i ve even seen it..

clammerhead

He couldn't have voted for Obama more than once.

Only dead people can do that.

Clammerhead

Old Patriot

Who in their right mind would be proud to joke about voter fraud with their children? What a fine role model. Says he's retired to Pine Knoll Shores. I wonder what union he was affiliated with during his working years.

wingnut

Yeah ashame us "sheep" take someone admitting in a felony serious. It seems it was only a joke to this idiot when he got caught. In all honesty should someone baffled by the complexity of Facebook be voting?

R Peters

Wingnut, in all honesty, no! Any American that is baffled by Facebook should never be allowed to vote. And that includes the 47% of Americans that don't use facebook.

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