Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former NC Durham County Elections Worker Indicted by Grand Jury

A Durham County North Carolina Grand Jury has indicted Richard Robert Rawling of Cary, a former Durham County Elections Worker, on Charges related to the Mishandling of Provisional Ballot results during the March 15th, 2016 Primary Election.

The Indictment was handed down on Monday on Counts of Obstruction of Justice, which is a Felony, and Failure to Discharge a Duty of his Office, which is a Misdemeanor. The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCBOE) opened an Investigation into the Election in April 2016.

During that Primary, a Discrepancy was discovered within a week after a Local Canvass of Votes, which appeared to be related to Durham County Board of Election’s Staff Counting about 200 Provisional Ballots Twice to get the Ballot Count to Match. Provisional Ballots are used when there are questions about a Voter’s Eligibility. They are often used when Voters go to the Wrong Precinct or when their Name can’t be found on the Voting Rolls.

Investigators from the NCBOE determined that Rawling, 59, Ran or Ordered others to Run Provisional Ballots through Tabulators more than once and made Manual changes to the Ballot Count so the results of the Provisional Canvass would match the number of Approved Provisional Ballots.

The NCBOE, which is now called the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, found that the Irregularities resulting from Rawling’s efforts were not enough to affect any Election Outcomes.

It also found No Evidence that Rawling altered any Ballot Counts to support a particular Party or Candidate. “The State Board’s top priority is ensuring the integrity of elections so voters have confidence in the process,” said Kim Strach, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, in a statement. “We will continue to hold accountable elections workers and voters who violate election laws.”

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