An individual by the name of Andrew Gail Holmes voted early in Sampson County, North Carolina, and then appeared at their precinct today to vote again, according to the staff director of the Sampson County Board of Elections, Donna Mashburn.
“We have a gentleman who had early voted,” Mashburn told me this morning, “and went to his precinct to vote. We are aware of it. We will handle the issue at canvassing.”
Canvassing takes place on November 16. At that point, the three-member board meets and will assess the attempted double vote along with other issues that arose during the election. The board will examine the evidence and could rule that charges are warranted. If they so rule, they will turn the case over to the district attorney to file charges. The three members of the board are two Democrats and one Republican, as determined by the previous gubernatorial election. North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue, a Democrat, was elected in 2008 but is not seeking re-election.
According to state voter registration records, Andrew Gail Holmes has been a registered Democrat since 1982. Holmes is also identified in the records as a black female. Mashburn said that she identified the person’s gender on the basis of the first name — Andrew — and was not an eye witness to the attempted double vote.
Holmes is not the first North Carolina voter to allegedly attempt voter fraud this year. According to the Examiner, Pin Knoll Shores retiree Jim Turner is under investigation for allegedly voting multiple times in multiple places.
“I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS,” he wrote on Facebook. The message was deleted, but not before being spotted by bloggers and conservatives on Twitter.
Sampson County is in east central North Carolina. John McCain won Sampson County in 2008, 54% to 45%, over Barack Obama.