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FORSYTH BOARD OF ELECTIONS FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE FOR TWO ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD

The Forsyth County Board of Elections has determined that there is probable cause supporting Republican candidate Jeff Polston’s claims that polling judges failed to follow proper registration guidelines during one-stop voting and on Election Day and that judges allowed illegal ballots to be cast. Polston, who is seeking the office of Forsyth Clerk of Superior Court, filed the protest with the board of elections on Nov. 19 related to his electoral contest with Democrat Susan Speaks Frye.

A hearing on those two claims will be held at the board of elections on Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. The results of a recount conducted by the board of elections last week found that Frye won the election by 551 votes. In his petition, Polston claims that illegal voter registration occurred; that polling judges provided false information to individuals at polling locations; that polling judges failed to follow proper procedures when registering voters; and that polling judges failed to follow proper registration guidelines during one-stop early voting and on Election Day. Polston also alleges that polling judges committed the following violations of election law: failing to provide privacy to the voters in multiple precincts and caused undue delay at many of the larger precincts, allowed illegal ballots to be entered into the voting system, allowing candidates to give items of value to voters on Oct. 24, and failing to follow state law regarding absentee voting. The board of elections dismissed all but two of Polston’s claims. The candidate said on Monday that he has proof to back up his claims of voter fraud.

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