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9/22/2022 8:37:00 AM
Trusted Elections

Wayne Howard
Reporter


Jennifer Roberts knows politics and elections. She served on the Mecklenburg County Commission and later was mayor of Charlotte. She even ran for Congress.

Roberts' passion these days is overcoming misinformation about elections and dispelling unfounded conspiracy theories with facts.

Roberts is convinced that North Carolina elections are safe, fair, and secure, and she has enlisted the help of some significant 'heavy hitters' to help her make the point.

On Wednesday evening, one of 15 town halls called the "Trusted Elections Tour" was held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

Among the panelists who answered questions from Dr. Michael Bitzer, a Ph.D. Professor of politics and history at Catawba College as well as from the audience were two former NC Supreme Court justices: Bob Orr and Bob Edmunds; Catawba County Elections Director Amanda Duncan, Catawba County Elections Board members David Hood (Republican) and Barry Cheney (Democrat), and Randy Cress, Rowan County's Chief Information Officer.

All agreed that North Carolina's elections in 2022 are structured to make cyber attacks very difficult and less likely; that those who would 'cheat' in elections in any way would most likely get caught and punished, and that voters shouldn't fear that their votes won't be counted properly and that the results of the election can be trusted.

Hood noted that those responsible for illegal 'absentee ballot harvesting' in one Congressional race a few years ago were caught and convicted.

The League of Women Voters turned out in significant numbers for the Hickory event. A similar town hall had been held in Belmont last week where only about 30 people showed up for that 15th district forum. Roberts said the intent is to hold one of the town halls in each of the state's 15 Congressional districts.

So far as we know, no recording of the Hickory town hall was made, but the one in Belmont was recorded and has been shown (although no schedule of when it might be run again is available) on Gaston County's Spectrum government channel 16. It can also be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bCGNE0ZXCbk. A 'virtual' town hall is also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPrtEVQY0co.

 



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