A voter said Rep. Chris Malone asked her whether she was preparing to vote twice while she waited at an early-voting site this week, in an attempt to intimidate her. Another woman said she overheard a man connected to the Malone campaign ask much the same question of a voter on the first day of early voting last week. She did not know the man’s name but forwarded to the investigative news organization ProPublica a picture of Dennis Berwyn, Malone’s campaign manager, taken at the early-voting location that day. The News & Observer learned about the accusations through the Electionland project, a collaboration of newsrooms around the country tracking voting problems. Berwyn adamantly denied that he asked anyone if they were voting twice. “That is not something that would ever come out of my mouth,” he said.
Mia Johnson of Wake Forest said Malone approached her and a friend at about 5 p.m. Monday outside the Northern Regional Center early-voting site. Johnson said Malone asked her, “Didn’t I see you here voting earlier today?”
Johnson said she reported it to an elections supervisor. “If it were anybody else, they would be intimidated by that situation,” Johnson said in a telephone interview. “It just was inappropriate. It was accusatory. It bothered me.”
Wake County elections director Gary Sims said he was told that someone was asked about voting twice, but information did not include the name of a candidate or campaign.