GOP state lawmaker threatens to bring the police to inspect voting machines

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A Republican state legislator in North Carolina backed down from threats to go on his way to Durham County election offices, with or without the cooperation of state or county election officials, WRAL. informed of.

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Representative Jeff McNeely, representing Iredale County, initially stated that the decision to target Durham County came from a “random drawing” from a cap, despite the fact that the county, which has about 37 percent of the black population, was a decisive was the factor. In the 2016 gubernatorial race, which helped Democrat Roy Cooper defeat incumbent Pat McCrory.

Mr McNeely said he heard “many, many millions of allegations” of “machine tampering and modems causing votes to be switched”, despite the fact that North Carolina law does not allow voting machines to be connected to the Internet. .

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“We look forward to working with them, proving that our elections were correct and valid and that there was nothing wrong with them. If it is not, we try to conduct an investigation, and if criminal If charges need to be, they will be filed,” Mr McNally said.

According to WRAL, the lawmaker said, “We will also be accommodated and assisted by the police in our investigation, and they will be the ones who will help us go and find any evidence and help us secure it.”

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Donald Trump won North Carolina in 2016 and 2020, despite the fact that Mr Cooper won and won the election again.

Mr McNeely, as well as Reps Larry Pittman and Bobby Hannig, all said they do not believe Joe Biden beat Mr Trump enough, despite the former president’s victory in the state.

But Katie Brinson Bell, who directs state elections, has told conservative members of the North Carolina General Assembly that unauthorized people are not allowed to inspect voting machines.

“Only county election officials or state election officials are allowed to do anything to voting equipment. The public is allowed to see that when we test and secure and audit our voting equipment, which we do with every single election. But actually giving access to anyone would be a violation of the law,” she said.

Eventually, Mr McNeely said he would only drive by the building where the Durham County Board of Elections keeps voting machines to make sure they were safe.

Ms Brinson Bell later enthused Republicans.

“It’s a shame that we’re hearing this when we’ve certified that election. Very few elected officials who have been elected through that process have taken their seats in office, including some who won these elections.” But raising questions,” she said.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / North Carolina

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