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More election management drama, WCPSS tightening "instructional material" policy
No. 19 — May 7-May 13, 2023
Local Boards of Elections Face Harassment, Influx of Public Records Requests, Spread of Disinformation - Indy Week
Yet another article written attempting to portray Republicans as responsible for “only legitimate attacks on elections”. This piece quotes extensively from the soon to retire elections director for the Wake County Elections Board, Gary Sims, while neglecting to mention that he (and the board) are being sued for banning an election integrity advocate from the board headquarters (more info about that here). It’s not too surprising, as the local media has completely ignored the Bernstein v. Sims lawsuit even though the plaintiff, Lynn Bernstein, won a preliminary injunction allowing her to attend public meetings at the property she was banned from until the case is resolved.
Also, the article’s framing of Republicans as solely responsible for “attacking” elections (by filing public records requests etc.) ignores the fact that some of the most dedicated election integrity activists in Wake County, like Bernstein, are in fact Democrats.
Former North Carolina elections official says political battle led to her ouster - WRAL
Stella Anderson’s reappointment by Governor Cooper to the State Board of Elections was rescinded due to concerns over a law that prohibits state employees from serving on the board (Anderson is a full-time professor at Appalachian State). Although the law was passed in the same year Anderson was first appointed, 2018, the issue was apparently never previously considered.
Appointments to the State Board of Elections are made by the Governor, but he is required to make them from lists of nominees provided by the state’s two largest political parties, with not more than three out of the five seats held by the nominees from the same party.
Wake County school board instituting policy against “pervasively vulgar” instructional material
Members of the Wake County school board have “initially approved” a new policy on instructional materials. The new policy prohibits the use of “pervasively vulgar” materials. The school board has been the target of parental and activist criticism for the past few years over the inclusion of graphic sexual material in the school libraries and/or curriculum.
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