Just weeks after the availability of completed absentee ballots on the public email server came to light, questions are being raised about access to login information for the state’s election database system. The email server makes available to the public correspondence between officials in New Hanover County, including emails to and from elections director Marvin McFadyen. Since the ballots issue came to light last month, the county removed McFadyen’s email from the public server. According to a news release in late November from the Derrick Hickey Campaign, it found a “stockpile” of voted absentee ballots.
On Sunday, John Christian Anderson, who is also appealing an elections protest Tuesday, released an email found on the public server that provided the username and password for the North Carolina State Election Information Management System (SEIMS).
SEIMS, which has other credential processes and safeguards besides passwords, allows the county boards of elections to talk to the state board. “A lot” of data is communicated via that system, state board spokesman Joshua Lawson said.