Democratic NC House candidate's party affiliation mysteriously changes

cjarvis@newsobserver.comOctober 12, 2012 

A candidate for the state House was startled to discover she’s a Republican, as far as the state voter registration online database is concerned. Not only is it not true, but Jenifer Bubenik is the Democratic candidate for state representative from Johnston County.

“I freaked out a little bit,” said Bubenik, a Clayton woman who is making her first run for public office, against longtime Republican incumbent Rep. Leo Daughtry.

Fortunately, her correct party affiliation will be correct on the ballot, she said. Bubenik said Friday she went down to the Johnston County Board of Elections to straighten things out.

She was told that someone had changed her party affiliation in the computer system within the past month, she said, but no one knows why or how. She filled out a new form, but as of Friday evening, she’s still listed as a Republican.

Bubenik, who owns a small gourmet sausage ball catering business, says she registered to vote in 2010 upon returning to North Carolina from a stint in the Peace Corps.

“It’s upsetting,” she said. “When people who are on the ballot are getting changed, that’s of dangerous.”

Earlier this month, a Raleigh woman’s affiliation was changed from independent to Republican when she submitted a change of address during a GOP registration drive. She also discovered the error – or the intentional sabotage – when she went online to find out where her new polling place would be.

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