“How much proof is needed for a voter fraud allegation? NC board considers stiffer standards”

New & Observer:

Republicans and voting-rights advocates went head-to-head over a proposal that would have people make fact-based claims when they allege voters have committed fraud.

The State Board of Elections has proposed a stiffer standard for elections protests that would have people describe facts, say whether a lawyer helped them make their claims, and say whether they have any witnesses.

The rule is being considered in the aftermath of the November election and the close race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper. Republicans filed complaints in more than 50 counties alleging ballots were cast by dead people, felons, and people who voted in other states. Most of those complaints were dismissed, but they helped delay vote counts….

The McCrory campaign and his Republican allies used protest forms to “make outrageous claims of voter fraud,” Hall said. As a result, voters were unfairly maligned and targeted on social media.

“They used charges of voter fraud for personal gain,” he said.

Democracy NC found that lawyers with a Virginia firm helped prepare nearly all the protests.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party, said the rules would scare people away from filing protests.

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