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NHC Board of Elections wants to improve election best practices

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with the New Hanover County Board of Elections are closing the case of an incident involving a voter precinct judge overstepping voting rule lines.

NHC Board of Elections held a workshop Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to discuss matters in preparation for 2014 Primaries and fiscal year 2015.

The Board also considered other general election matters during open session for discussion and action, including an incident from Nov. 5, 2013 where two elections officials from the Williston Middle School precinct in Wilmington accused a fellow judge of giving voters too much help during the election.

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.

According to BOE Director Marvin McFadyen, the board agreed in their meeting Wednesday after investigating the November incident, precinct official Dorothy Monroe indeed failed to discharge certain duties.

"We have closed that case and now the Board believes it is best to focus on improving election best practices moving forward," said McFadyen.

The administration said Thursday they will continue to be proactive in the implementation of new methodologies for conducting elections including year-round training programs in lieu of the statutory requirement of at least once before each election. 

"As an organization of New Hanover County and an integral part of the 'Good Governance' model for effective county management, it is our responsibility to improve the experience and satisfaction of our citizens through the shared values we represent -professionalism, integrity, innovation, stewardship, and accountability," said McFadyen.

The elections department plans to introduce the program and begin mid-January.

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