Voter-challenge hearings begin Monday

Published 12:03 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Beaufort County Board of Elections is scheduled to conduct two hearings regarding more than 100 voter challenges.

The first hearing for 21 challenges begins at 5 p.m. Monday at the board’s office, 1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104, Washington. The second hearing for up to 86 challenges begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 at the board’s office.

Of the 139 challenges filed this month, all concerning voters in Belhaven, 32 were dismissed for reasons such as some of the voters are no longer registered to vote in the county or some voters have moved out of Belhaven.

Under state law, challenged voters who do not attend the hearings to defend their voter registration will automatically be removed from the county’s list of registered voters.

To view a list of the challenged voters, go to

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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