Tillett takes over as Dare Elections Director

By on August 19, 2020

NC absentee ballot requests running 10x higher than in 2016

Jackie Tillett

(Dare County and State Board of Elections)

One week after the Aug. 6 departure of former Elections Director Michele Barnes, who resigned her post, Jackie Tillett officially became her successor after being approved by the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Tillett has served for 35 years as a Dare County employee and began her career in the Planning Office, before moving to Elections in 2013.

“We are exceptionally pleased and grateful that Jackie was in place and could hit the ground running,” said Sandy Semans Ross, Chair of the Dare County Board of Elections. “Her experience in elections was crucial in continuing to plan and implement all that is necessary to ensure a safe, efficient and secure election in 2020.”

The upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election will feature several federal, state and local contests. The voter registration deadline to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, is Friday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. During Early Voting, voters can register to vote and cast their ballots at the same time. Check your voter registration status or register to vote at darenc.com/registertovote.

(NC State Board of Elections)

According to information released on Aug. 19 by the State Board of Elections, through Aug. 18, the number of absentee ballot requests in the state is, at nearly 300,000, running more than 10 times higher than it did at this point in the 2016 election cycle.

At this point in 2016, Republicans and Democrats has submitted a roughly equal number of requests, at slightly under 10,000 for each party. This year, the Republican total has increased to just under 45,000, but the requests from Democrats, at nearly 157,000, are more than three times higher.



Comments

  • sandflea

    To all you conspiracy theorists out there; absentee voting is the same as mail in voting.

    Wednesday, Aug 19 @ 5:01 pm
  • Dethrol

    Sorry, but that is simply wrong. Mail-in voting, as it’s being proposed, involves state governments mailing ballots, unsolicited, to all voters who appear on the registration rolls. These registration rolls are infrequently (at best) updated and often include people who have relocated, are deceased, or who are no longer eligible to vote. They are notoriously inaccurate. In addition, there are many states where voter registration does not include a citizenship check, rather, it’s a simple mail-in or online form submission. So anyone can complete the registration form, supply an address in the jurisdiction, and be entered on the voting rolls. Absentee ballots require that the voter initiate a request for an absentee ballot, that is then checked against the registration and eligibility requirements. A serialized ballot is then sent to the registered voter, who must meet the requirements for witnesses and/or notarization when the ballot is completed. The absentee ballot is then sent back through the mail to be counted I. The election totals. Absentee ballots are registered to an individual voter and can be traced back to this voter, should there be any question about the ballot after it is received. Whenever anyone except the voter touches a ballot the potential for fraud increases. Mail-in ballots have been found pinned to bulletin boards, dumped in trash cans, and delivered to people who are not registered voters. Voting is the most significant responsibility citizens carry. It should be a reverent, secure process. Mail-in ballots (and the inevitable ballot harvesting and fraud) are a feature of nearly every low-life dictatorship and repressive regime on the planet.

    Thursday, Aug 20 @ 4:33 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Dethrol, are you suggesting that North Carolina is going to send out mail-in ballots to everyone registered as a voter? That would be news.

    Friday, Aug 21 @ 12:53 pm
  • Mike

    sand flea,
    Not true. You must request an absentee ballot and you have to identify yourself. Mail in ballots have no such requirements. No conspiracy in those facts! Worked in politics for over 30 years. How many do you think will be voting in two or more states?

    Friday, Aug 21 @ 8:19 am
  • Dethrol

    Mark, not at all. To my knowledge, North Carolina has not jumped on the liberal bandwagon that seeks to undermine and corrupt the election process through mass mailings of uncontrolled ballots. My response was specifically directed at the completely bogus statement that mail-in and absentee ballots are the same.

    Friday, Aug 21 @ 1:01 pm
  • hightider

    Not even gonna comment on the voting issue…just wanted to mention that I remember the good old days when only two names were in the Dare phone book – Tillett and Midgett. Good luck Ms Tillett; no matter how the election turns out, 50% of the population will still despise the other 50%.

    Friday, Aug 21 @ 2:41 pm