I must admit I didn’t know what to make of the folly coming out of the nominations made by the Wake County Democratic Party to the Wake County Board of Elections. The N&O just left me with too many questions:
- Why would the Wake County Democratic Party choose, as one of their three nominees, someone (Alexander Killens) who has a criminal conviction?
- Why would the Democratic Party’s county chairman suggest that the State Party could reappoint the former member (John Gilbert) who, incidentally wasn’t even nominated, instead of appointing Killens? Remember, the county party had made three nominations for two seats.
- And, why does the N&O write an article essentially overlooking the two women nominated, concentrating on Killens and feature the suggestion by Wake Democratic Party Chairman that Gilbert could be reappointed? The N&O does not stop there but goes on to endorse Gilbert’s reappointment in an editorial.
I still don’t know the answers to any of these questions but, I think I know why John Gilbert didn’t make it to this year’s nomination roster. It looks like he crossed somebody in the verified voting crowd when he allowed a pilot of the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) in Cary in 2007. Never mind that the North Carolina State Board of Elections sanctioned the pilot and the Town of Cary agreed to it.
It’s not clear (yet) as to whether Aida Doss Havel and Sharon Everett are advocates for the verified voting cause. But, it will be interesting to see who the North Carolina Democratic Party nominates.