ATTORNEY GENERAL: Councilman Can Be Registered In Two States

North Carolina's Attorney General Office says a Jacksonville city councilman is not breaking the law by registering to vote in two states.

District Attorney Ernie Lee asked the Attorney General's Office in July to review whether Jerome Willingham could legally be registered in both North Carolina and Maryland.

Lee says Maryland records show Willingham registered in Prince George's County in 2003, but voter history shows he has never voted in Maryland. The D.A. says North Carolina law says it's a felony when "any person with intent to commit a fraud to register to vote at more than one precinct or more than one time, . . . in the same primary or election, or to vote illegally at any primary or election."

Lee says he and the Attorney General's Office agree that there was no intent for Willingham to commit voter fraud since he has consistently only voted in North Carolina.

Willingham says he lives with his sister in Maryland while working at his government job in the Washington, DC area.


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  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Sep 3, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    I'm disappointed! You mean to tell em ACORN could only get him registered in 2 states! That's pitiful, plum pityful.
  • by Anonymous Location: J'ville on Sep 2, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    this fellow thrives on this kind of attention. it's best to just ignore him and his childish behavior.
  • by Yeah, I said it Location: Richlands on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    Let's see here... He has two residential addresses. He works in DC and in NC. He has registered in Maryland and NC. He "says" he has only voted in NC. Sounds like he should be removed from office, or make official his residence. What are the chances he has committed tax fraud??? Would being a resident of two states not be considered a conflict of interest since he has the potential of voting on projects that could favor Maryland? Am I the only one who thinks this way?
  • by Wharf Rat Location: manteo on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    Don`t forget "those who vote decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything".
  • by Zzyzx Road Location: Pitt County on Sep 2, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    OK, repeat after me, the Democrat mantra: "Vote early, vote often." Get it?
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 2, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    Must be a member of ACORN. And we all know who has close ties to ACORN.
  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    If I did it, it would be illegal real quick. But then again I'm a conservative.
  • by m on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    I hear the LAW but this plain and in fact VIOLATES the spirit of the law. ONE person ONE vote. Typical government. Why, did I ever vote democrat, I should be registered as STUPID. That will change!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    Of course not, voter fraud is never illegal for Democrats. Seriously, why would anyone register in two places unless that person intended to vote in two places?
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Based on the story, it seems as there is no 'intent' to commit fraud. But the question remains, how can he be a resident of Maryland to work at his job in DC but be a City Councilman in Jacksonville???? Something doesn't seem quite right.
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