New Victims of Alleged Election Fraud Come Forward at Town Hall Meeting
BLADENBORO, N.C. – We’re hearing new stories from victims of alleged election fraud in the 9th District. Bladen County is at the center of the investigation into suspected ballot tampering.
“I always go to the polls. Look, I enjoy it,” says Bladenboro resident Cetire Retamar. That’s why she was surprised when an absentee ballot showed up at her home in Bladenboro a few months ago. “I didn’t request that. Why would I request that? There’s nothing wrong with me,” she says.
Retamar and others shared their stories in front of a standing room only crowd Tuesday night. The town hall at Bladenboro’s First Baptist Church in Bladen County, North Carolina was organized by groups like Progress NC Action and the North Carolina NAACP. “We are here to seek the truth, to listen to voters who have been impacted, not just this year but what we have seen over eight years of allegations of improper handling of ballots,” says Marcus Bass, with NC Black Alliance.
Linda Baldwin tells a similar story from the 2016 election. “He told me that he was a college student and that he was getting paid for getting people to fill out absentee ballots,” Baldwin told people at the town hall. She says she was convinced to hand over her ballot. “The young man told me that he had to have a witness, so he would have to take the unsealed ballot with him,” Baldwin said.
Documents show in the 2018 race, nearly 500 absentee ballots in Bladen County and nearly 1200 in Robeson County were requested but never returned. “You’ve taken their vote and throw it away or you use it for profit, come on now don’t do that!” Retamar says.
The State Board of Elections has refused to certify results that show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.
The board plans to hold an evidentiary hearing on January 11th.