Voter Fraud? Show me the proof

Today, I sent this letter to the Vice Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party. In an earlier attempt to recruit poll observers, the Wake County GOP claimed that Democrats were engaged in "daily" voter fraud, including registering the dead and giving false registration information. Because I believe allegations of voter fraud should be taken seriously and not made lightly, I invited Vice Chairman Hellwig to send me the proof of such fraud, and I would bring all the resources of my office to bear in rooting it out before the election. Here's the letter:

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It’s on all of us

Violent people in Charlotte disrupted a peaceful protest. Quit calling those people protesters. Doing so delegitimizes the reason for the protest, which is something we must discuss and deal with and, yes, protest. I'm here today at the Wake County First Responders Appreciation Breakfast. We are hearing stories of Sheriff deputies that pulled intoxicated drivers out of burning cars, police officers that talked psychologically suffering people off ledges, and EMS personnel saving the life of a prematurely born infant. All of these duties came because society is not meeting its responsibil

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The 2016-2017 Wake County Budget

Next week, the County Manager will issue his proposed budget. Knowing Jim Hartmann the way I do, I expect his proposed budget to be well-reasoned, supported by data, and moderate. We have had some internal discussions about areas of emphasis, and of course, the school system has adopted its official request. All of those numbers will come together in a proposed budget on Monday, and then we can start discussing the good and the not so good. One thing about Jim Hartmann, he will have done his homework, and if I or anyone else disagrees with a budget item, we'r

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Two Votes Worth Explaining

Today, we had two issues come before us that I thought merited an explanation of my vote. First, we approved the Wake County Public School System's request for an appropriation to allow them to rent a commercial building near the school system Central Office in Cary in order to house elements of new programs for middle and high school students who do not fit in to the normal track. They will use the facility as a hub for the SCORE program for long-term suspended students as well as for a new online and alternative high school for highly motivated self-learner

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Happy New Year!

As I write this note from my office, the rest of my family has already gone to the beach, where we gather every year with several other families to welcome in the New Year. This is a tradition we’ve been following now for almost 20 years. No matter what life throws our way in each passing year, we all make a point to get together each year. We’ve taken care of each other through thick and thin, and those experiences build bonds that last. Life’s changes shouldn’t get in the way of what’s important at this time of year: family, friends, and hope for the future. That same focus on building bo

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