However, the only case of possible rigging that has actually been reported, so far this elections season, emerged from North Carolina where a 100-year-old African-American woman claimed her vote-registration status was being challenged.
Grace Bell Hardison, from Beaufort County, recently found out that she needed to appear at “a county board of election meeting” or face removal from the voting rolls, according to WCNT.
And Hardison is just one of 106 other Beaufort County residents, a majority who are black voters, who have been challenged just a few weeks before elections.
“The first thing out of her mouth was ‘I can’t vote,’” the centenarian’s nephew, Greg Sattherwaite, said of Haridson’s first reaction after receiving the notice. “She loves to vote. She will not miss election time.”
“Some time passed and we still had these letters and we just decided that we needed to clear up the Belhaven voting roles,” said Shane Hubers, a Republican who filed 45 of the challenges, including Hardison’s.
However, Hubers is being accused of trying to deliberately disenfranchise voters.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, the head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, criticized the challenges in a letter to the state board of elections, saying they were “prohibited by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and violate North Carolina voter registration laws.”
He demanded the elections board “cease from this unlawful purging of registered voters from their rolls, and to restore the voters how have been improperly removed.”