ASHEVILLE TEA PARTY News Release January 20, 2015
Contact: Jane Bilello
For Immediate Release
The Buncombe Board of Elections will conduct a final hearing of Asheville Tea Party’s (ATP) remaining 132 voter registration challenges at 5:30 PM at the Buncombe Board of Elections (BOE) on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville 28801.
On December 11, 2014, Asheville Tea Party submitted 257 voter registration challenges to the Buncombe Board of Elections. On January 8, 2015, the Buncombe Board of Elections conducted a Preliminary Hearing of the 257. By the January 8, 2015 Preliminary Hearing, 114 voter registrations ATP submitted were removed by BOE’s regular 2015 list maintenance. Two more were found deceased. Nine registrations were updated. Of the 132 remaining voter registration challenges, three were found to have voted without submitting an address. There were also two registrations listed at the same address for what looked like the same person.
The Buncombe Board of Elections is investigating the 132 remaining. Of the 132, 43 of the voter registrations have been challenged previously because a returned letter was received. The 43 challenges were previously denied by the Buncombe BOE because the registrations were designated ‘active’. Those addresses were visited. A signed statement from the resident or manager of the property was obtained, thus designating which registrants were no longer residing at the address. These 43 were re-challenged at January 8, 2015 Preliminary Hearing and accepted as part of the Final Hearing on January 22, 2015.
The information Asheville Tea Party gathered for these challenges is public information that came directly from the State Board of Elections website at ftp://alt.ncsbe.gov/data/
The file named ncvoter11.zip was downloaded as a zipped csv (comma separated values) file and imported into Microsoft Excel.
The file was then sorted by registration address. This allows one to see multiple registrations at the same address. This was the only criteria used.
When more than five registrations were discovered at an address, the address was visited to ask the current resident or residence manager if the person or persons live at the address. A letter was sent to verify any name that the resident or manager of an address stated did not live there. If a letter was returned, a challenge was filed. It must also be noted, that ATP checked each week and two days before submitting the 257 voter registration challenges to ensure that we were not submitting already ‘removed’ registrations.
Chair Jane Bilello stated
“This was ATP’s second voter registration challenge since March, 2014.Though an expensive proposition for us, we feel it has been worth our time and effort. We were very pleased with the preliminary hearing on January 8th. The Buncombe Board of Elections needs to be complimented on their hard work. We look forward to continuing working harmoniously with BOE ensuring every legitimate vote counts. ATP will continue to regularly monitor voter registrations updates and removals.”
Like Voter Integrity Project, Asheville Tea Party is ‘dedicated to ensuring free and fair elections for all lawfully registered voters.’ We jeopardize election integrity if names of ‘missing voters’ can be used to cast a vote. We want every legitimate vote to count!”=END