AC-T: Elections officials move forward on 95 voter challenges; 86 dismissed

Buncombe County elections officials moved forward with 95 challenges to voter registrations brought by the Asheville Tea Party and the Voter Integrity Project.

The Board of Elections on Thursday dismissed 86 of the 182 challenges the groups filed, including 55 challenges that met part of the legal threshold for further investigation.

Tea party volunteer Bill Whitehead, who officially brought the challenges, did not agree with the decision.

“That’s too bad,” he said. “I’m disappointed.”

Board Chairman John Watson also didn’t agree. He voted against dismissing the 55 cases where letters to voters were returned undeliverable. He said state law lists that as enough evidence for a full hearing on removing a voter from the roll.


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