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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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