Protest Filed with Durham County Board of Elections for 'Malfeasance' | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

    Raleigh, N.C.     Attorney and registered Durham County voter Thomas Stark today filed a formal protest with the Durham County Board of Elections for 'malfeasance' in tabulating approximately 90,000 ballots using corrupt data from machines that suffered critical errors during early voting and on Election Day. The complaint reasonably demands the County Board of Elections conduct a manual recount of the original paper ballots before the county's canvass date.

    Click here to download the complaint.

    "What transpired in Durham County is extremely troubling and no citizen can have confidence in the results at this point in time," said Jason Torchinsky, chief legal counsel for the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund. "The Durham County Board of Elections has a history of mishandling elections and it is unfortunate that this one appears to be no different."

    Approximately 90,000 ballots from at least 6 locations (5 early voting sites and 1 general election precinct) in Durham County appeared to have been tabulated from corrupted memory cards. These memory cards, which hold the results from each machine at each location, could not be properly read by election systems and the machines experienced a critical error. It is possible that the internal memory of the machines used to scan ballots and tabulate the vote at these locations may have been corrupted as well.

    The Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund has received many reports of other voting irregularities and election issues throughout the state. People who have witnessed, experienced or suspects voter fraud are encouraged to contact the North Carolina Republican Party's Voter Fraud Hotline at (919)626-8800 or email


    ABC11 recently reported on the long history of voting problems in Durham County. In the 2016 general election, electronic errors, glitches and untrained staff caused major problems that received bipartisan scorn. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens even stated in a recent hearing on the problems, "Durham historically hasn't figured out how to carry out an election properly."

    During the March 15 primary election, the Durham County Board of Elections mishandled roughly 1,900 provisional ballots forcing the state to allow eligible voters to recast their ballots months later.

    Typically after protests are filed with a county Board of Elections, a copy is sent to the State Board of Elections before a formal response is issued by the county.

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