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Support for Brannon prompts complaint against elections official

The State Board of Elections on Friday may decide whether to remove from office a Beaufort County Board of Elections member who allegedly openly supported Cary physician Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate at a county Tea Party meeting in October, the Insider reports.

According to state board documents, Delma Blinson of Blounts Creek allegedly made a motion at a Tea Party meeting to endorse Brannon, and the motion passed. Blinson also allegedly made a speech promoting Brannon, one of a handful of Republicans vying to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014.

State law places limitations on political activities of boards of elections members, including that they are prohibited from making "written or oral statements intended for general distribution or dissemination to the public at large supporting or opposing the nomination or election of a candidate for public office."

The situation came to light through an email from Chocowinity resident William Buonanno to a state Board of Elections member. Buonanno wrote that he believed Blinson's actions "warrant his removal from the Beaufort County board of elections so that the standards of the board are not compromised any further." Blinson has been invited to appear before the State Board of Elections to give his side of the story at 9 a.m. Friday at the board offices, 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh.

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