By Charlotte Smith
Bladen County Board of Elections held their canvasses Monday morning at 9 a.m. The board confirmed findings of two Bladen County voters submitting two ballots during the 9th Congressional District special elections this month.
The information regarding the possible crime is being submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office.
The signatures on the ballots seem to be consistent, however the identities of the two individuals will not be released until they are announced by the State of North Carolina Board of Elections or the local District Attorney. Voting twice in an election is considered a felony if convicted.
The possible felony crimes were made during the special election by one Republican voter and one Democrat voter, according to Valeria Peacock-McKoy. The findings show one of the voters submitted a provisional ballot and then submitted another ballot on election day; the other voter submitted two ballots during the election.
“Some people do get confused with the one-stop voting and election day,” Mrs. McKoy stated. “I have had people ask me if the one-stop voting is for the same election as the one voting held on election day.”
According to the report there were 34 provisional ballots cast during the 9th Congressional District Election in Bladen County. The board approved 5 of those ballots. Five supplemental absentee ballots were also approved. There were 41 mail in ballots that were approved.
None of the findings from the canvasses or absentee-by-mail ballots change the outcome. Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready on in the special election race to represent the 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to unofficial returns.