North Carolina elections director rejects mother's ballot after her death

North Carolina elections director rejects mother's ballot after her death


BOLIVIA, N.C. — A North Carolina elections director had to ask members of her board to reject her mother’s absentee ballot because she died several weeks before the general election.

Sara Knotts, director of Brunswick County elections, made the request of the board last week because her mother, Anne Ashcraft, 62, submitted her ballot in September, then died of brain cancer on Oct. 11, news outlets reported.

The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to remove Ashcraft’s absentee ballot. North Carolina election law requires voters to be alive on Election Day. This includes voters who cast their ballots by mail or during in-person early voting.

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“Hardest thing I’ve done as an elections administrator: present a challenge against the absentee ballot cast by my mom,” Knotts tweeted last week.

“Honestly, when she was voting her ballot, she was under hospice care. So I knew that she may not be alive on Election Day,” Knotts said Monday, adding that she

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