North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek today sent out an alarming email:
Dear NC Democrat:
It’s Halloween and we’re not surprised that the Republicans are up to their dirty tricks.
Yesterday, I received various complaints about deceptive Republican tactics during the early voting in Chapel Hill. Apparently, Republican canvassers are approaching people entering the polls and asking if they’re Democrats. If the answer is “yes,” they are given a flyer and told "This is a list of our judicial candidates." The problem: the list contains only the Republican candidates! Because Party affiliation isn’t listed on the ballot, voters are being misled.
This story is spreading fast and gaining traction. It was even the subject of Chris Fitzsimons' commentary today at NC Policy Watch. Unfortunately, Chris conflates organized lying and election fraud at a polling place with the use of high-strung rhetoric in campaign literature. They are not the same thing. Republican cheating crosses a line that should not be crossed.