Bertie Board to hear election complaints

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 14, 2004

WINDSOR – Apparently, the 2004 Primary Election in Bertie County is far from over.

Tomorrow (Friday), the Bertie County Board of Elections will host two hearings to receive evidence and to consider complaints concerning the July 20 Primary.

Those hearings will be held beginning at 9 a.m. in the Bertie County Board of Commissioners Room in Windsor.

The Bertie Board of Elections met last week at which time they heard several complaints stemming from the Primary, specifically concerning the race for Bertie County District 1 Commissioner.

In the race for that seat, incumbent L.C. Hoggard III, currently the vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners, narrowly defeated challenger David Overton, who retired last year as Windsor Town Administrator. Hoggard won reelection by earning 52 percent of the vote (named on 2,053 ballots) compared to 1,872 votes (48 percent) for Overton.

Hoggard carried seven of Bertie’s 12 precincts.

The complaints allegedly concern the curbside voting process and a charge, apparently made by the Overton camp, of impropriate behavior by a precinct official.

Another complaint, allegedly involving an illegal mass mailing of election material on behalf of Hoggard, has been forwarded to the North Carolina State Board of Elections for review.

Any questions regarding the complaints to be heard on Friday can be directed to Shirlie Davenport, Bertie County Board of Elections Director.