Update: Beaufort Co. BOE dismisses Belhaven Mayor’s complaints

BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) -A Board of Elections have dismissed Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neils complaints.

O’Neil recently made claims that three poll workers were actively campaigning for his opponents.

He said by having them work the polls, they could possibly sway potential voters. He believed the workers should be banned from working Tuesday’s election.

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A Board of Elections hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday after Adam O’Neal, candidate for mayor in Belhaven, filed a complaint against poll workers.

In the complaint, O’Neal claimed several poll workers had been openly campaigning for his opponent and opponents of candidates supporting the re-opening of Pungo Hospital. He said by having them work the polls, they could influence how people voted.

“We’re going to hear from Mayor O’Neal and we’ve also talked to the poll workers in questions,” said Kellie Hopkins, director of the Beaufort County Board of Elections. “The board will hear what they have to say and then decide what kind of action, if any, needs to be taken.”

Hopkins said when the BOE receives a complaint, they try to schedule a hearing as soon as possible. She said this is the first time a complaint has been filed against poll workers in the county that she can remember.

The meeting is open to the public, and is being held at the Board of Elections building in Washington.

We will update this article with the outcome as soon as possible.

To read the full complaint, click here.

 

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