#NC09: “Bladen prosecutor’s calls went unreturned as state probed absentee ballot issues”


In the summer of 2017, the chief prosecutor for Bladen County sent the head of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections a series of increasingly insistent emails over the board’s voting integrity concerns in his county.

The upshot: Why isn’t your office responding?

“The municipal elections are coming up, and I’m interested in knowing the findings of your investigation and what steps can be taken to prevent future irregularities in the process,” Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee wrote to Kim Strach, executive director of the elections board, in late August 2017.

By October, McGee was getting into all caps over his frustration with Joan Fleming, a former FBI agent who heads the state board’s investigative unit.


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