WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two elections officials from the Williston Middle School precinct in Wilmington accused a fellow judge of giving voters too much help during last week's election.
During a meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Elections Tuesday morning, Williston chief judge Sornatha Fulford and assistant judge Adam Rogers said assistant judge Dorothy Monroe, may have violated procedures.
Rogers said Monroe stood very close to voters in the booths and touched a voting screen on at least one occasion.
He also said he heard Monroe encouraging people to vote for more than one candidate for Wilmington City Council, even though they didn't have to.
"I recall hearing, at one point, her saying 'don't just pick one' and she may have said 'pick one above it, pick one below it," he said.
The 23-year-old, who was serving as judge for the first time, thought it was important to report what he saw.
"I wanted to talk about this because I felt like it delegitimized the election system if an election official was telling voters who to select in the election."
John Ferrante, chair of the board of elections, said there's a statutory procedure related to providing assistance for voters and that it may not have been followed in this case, based on the concerns he heard from Fulford and Rogers.
"A lot of times the most important thing is education," he said. "People just don't know what the procedures are."
Reached by phone, Monroe called the situation a "misunderstanding" but wouldn't elaborate.
The Board of Elections vowed to seek further information about the accusations, but they didn't layout a specific plan or timeline.
Voters at the Williston precinct cast 321 ballots in last week's election – not enough to sway the city council results.