Raleigh – In a new editorial out this morning, the Capitol Broadcasting Company hammered Donald Trump over his suggestion that North Carolinians commit a felony by trying to vote twice. In the piece, which comes on the day the State Board of Elections begins mailing out absentee ballots, accused Trump of giving “bad, wrong and lawbreaking advice” and encouraging voters to commit “the textbook definition of voter fraud.”
- For an incumbent desperate to portray himself as a law-and-order guy, President Donald Trump is an unrelenting advocate for lawbreaking and rule dodging.
- While he obsessively complains, wrongly, about potential voter fraud with mail-in ballots, he just told people in North Carolina to vote twice – a felony – to check if their votes get counted.
- Trump’s latest high-profile invitation to lawlessness this week sadly overshadowed the celebration of the designation of Wilmington as the nation’s first “World War II Heritage City.”
- Trump, typically ignorant of the facts, should know voters in North Carolina can easily check on the status of their ballot — without breaking or bending any laws – on their smart phone, smart pad or PC.
- Trump’s incendiary statement prompted North Carolina’s top elections official to issue a statement reminding voters not to break the law. “It is illegal to vote twice in an election. N.C.G.S. § 163-275(7) makes it a Class I felony,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections.
- When the president appears in Winston-Salem next week he should apologize and confess his concern about ballots getting counted was unfounded and his suggestion that voters cast two ballots was an invitation to break the law.