Board of Elections sets March 29 emergency meeting

Wendelken’s Summer 2017 resignation sparked debacle 

GREENSBORO — The Guilford County Board of Elections has called an emergency meeting for Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m., pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.12 (b)(3). The meeting will be held in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Courthouse located at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro.

Earlier today, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement appointed four members to the local Board of Elections, and included a motioned that all members must be sworn in before noon on April 2.

Regardless of the board being full, the complaint by Summerfield resident Janelle Robinson against Town Councilman Todd Rotruck will not go forward at 2 p.m. on April 3 as originally scheduled. It is now scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 17.

The board held a preliminary hearing on Feb. 20. There, Robinson challenged Rotruck’s voter registration and, by extension, his residency. Robinson claimed Rotruck did not live in the Strawberry Road home during the 2017 election cycle as he claimed. Rotruck has insisted he moved into the Strawberry Road home in time to be considered a candidate for town council in Summerfield. During the Feb. 20 hearing, Summerfield resident and Northwest Observer owner/editor Patti Stokes also provided testimony in support of Robinson’s challenge.

Guilford_County_logoDue to the holiday weekend and time limitations given, the Guilford County Board of Elections has called the emergency meeting in order to meet its requirements to administer oaths of office to its members, elect the chair and vice chair positions and address time sensitive voter and candidate challenge matters.

Eugene Lester and T. Anthony Spearman will be joining re-appointed members Katheryn Lindley (Republican) and Jim Kimel (Democrat) to complete the four-member board. The Guilford County Board of Elections has been operating as a two-member board since July of 2017 when board member and Summerfield resident Don Wendelken resigned. To date, it does not appear that Wendelken offered a reason for his resignation.

The previously two-member board has been unable to meet for over a month, for lack of a quorum, and therefore unable to conduct business since the conclusion of the Cooper vs. Berger lawsuit.

The local Board of Election is responsible for the conduction and administration of all elections held within Guilford County. They handle matters such as voter registration, certification of election results, and all election protests and challenges.

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