Roy Cooper edged out bathroom policeman Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s election, unless you ask Pat McCrory.
The governor-for-now’s campaign has filed election complaints against 52 out of 100 counties, more than half the state, for apparently allowing voter fraud in the form of voting felons, dead voters, activists helping some voters fill out their absentee ballots, closed poll machines and voters from other states casting ballots in NC.
The NC election was predictably close, with about 5000 votes separating the candidates. It’s understandable to ask for a recount in that situation.
It is not acceptable to make up cases of voter fraud without any evidence.
While I’m firmly on the side of allowing felons to vote (that’s another rant for another day), the McCrory campaign has to prove it, and even if they can they’ll need thousands of cases of fraud to change the election results, something that’s going to be difficult since according to Politifact, there were only about 2,000 cases from 2000 to 2012 nationwide.
As for dead voters, the people in question reportedly died after absentee voting had already started, meaning their votes count even though they’ll never see the president they voted for or against. As a side note, for all you bastards that don’t vote, ask yourselves why these people decided that it was important enough to make it one of the last things they did in life.
Helping people fill out their absentee ballots is legal as long as you sign it to verify that you helped them.The GOP is claiming that some volunteers didn’t do this, which could give legitimacy to some of the claims.
Closing poll machines is better than letting voters use them when there’s something wrong with them. Recalibration is important because if the machine is off some idiot is going to take a picture and claim that their vote was changed (in spite of the fact that you can not only check and change your vote if something’s wrong, but it’s part of an election official’s job to help fix those machines).
One of the complaints was against Mecklenburg county, which is part of Charlotte. McCrory was mayor there before he was elected governor, so it would make sense that the area would go to him, right?
Wrong. Charlotte passed a non-discrimination ordinance in an effort to protect residents, and McCrory’s answer to that was the catastrophe that became HB2. The idea of Mecklenburg tipping in his direction is ludicrous.
The 52 complaints could just be the beginning, since the campaign has promised to file 12 other complaints about the election for similar reasons.
This election season is going to be remembered for 2 things. Emails, and worrying that the election would end with a civil war because someone would take his tiny orange hands and rip up the election results.
It seems like an interesting twist that the real threat is coming from a Duke Energy marionette instead.