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Judge Gives Patrick Cannon House Arrest For Voting Illegally As A Convicted Felon PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 November 2014 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He's facing nearly four years in prison for being a corrupt politician, but now former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will spend the next two weeks under house arrest for illegally casting a vote in the midterm election.

Cannon, a Democrat, is a convicted felon. Convicted felons are barred from voting. Doing so is a felony.

Cannon told a judge he didn't know it was illegal to vote if you're a convicted felon.

The former mayor, a rising star in the Democratic Party, was convicted of corruption after he took bribes from undercover federal agents who were posing as people trying to get the then-mayor to fast-track their development projects.

Cannon reports to prison Nov. 18.

 
David Rouzer's Statement On Winning 7th District Seat In U.S. Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 06:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On Tuesday night, former Johnston County state Sen. David Rouzer was elected to North Carolina's 7th District seat in Congress, a win that represents a Republican pickup of a seat. Democrat Mike McIntyre held the seat for many years but decided not to run for re-election following a razor-thin victory in 2012.

Rouzer defeated Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian J. Wesley Casteen for the seat.

Congressman-elect Rouzer released the following statement:

"I am humbled by the support and prayers of so many throughout the course of this campaign, and I'm honored to have the confidence of the voters of the Seventh District.  

"The challenges we face in this country are significant, and there is only one clear path forward to restore America to greatness.  We must get back to God and common sense.  My pledge to the fine citizens of this district, this state, and this country is to always do what is right and what is good for the country. May God always bless America."

 
North Carolina Sees Record Turnout For Midterm Election PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  Midterm voter participation in North Carolina set a new record Tuesday, according to the State Board of Elections.

As of 10:34 p.m. Tuesday, 2,717,920 voters had cast ballots. In 2010, turnout was 2,700,393.

“We are pleased that more than 2.7 million voters made such a strong statement for the democratic process —increasing early participation by over 20% and besting the state’s prior midterm record,” said Executive Director Kim Strach in a statement.  “We commend the counties for their hard work and commitment on behalf of voters in our state.”

 
Beasley/Robinson Supreme Court Race Could Go To Recount PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The race for one of four seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court could end up in a recount, according to the State Board of Elections.

As of Wednesday morning, incumbent Justice Cheri Beasley led her challenger, attorney Mike Robinson, by roughly 3,000 votes. That very small margin meets the requirements that could trigger a recount in the statewide race if Robinson makes a formal request.

" North Carolina law provides for an automatic right to a recount in any statewide race when the margin is under 0.5% or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower," according to a statement from the board.

Beasley is a Democrat and Robinson is a Republican.

Chief Justice Mark Martin was elected to a full term on the high court, defeating his challenger, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

 
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