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State Elections Board Says Tony Moore Votes Won't Be Tallied

The State Elections Board is telling counties not to tally votes next Tuesday from a former state senator who is on the ballot.

The state last week ruled Tony Moore is not eligible to run for the District 5 senate because they say he did not meet residency requirements.

State Elections Director Gary Bartlett says while Moore will still be on the ballot, his votes will not be tallied, totaled or reported in the district. District 5 is in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Wayne counties.

Moore has said he will appeal the state's decision.

He is running in the Democratic primary against former Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis.


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The State Board of Elections says a former state senator is not eligible to run for office next month.

The board ruled today that Tony Moore was not qualified because he did not meet residency requirements. Moore is on the ballot in District 5, running against Don Davis in the Democratic primary.

The president of the Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP challenged Moore's residency. Calvin Henderson claimed Moore hasn't lived at his Church Street Home in Winterville long enough to claim residency for the senate seat.

The state constitution says a candidate has to reside in the district a year immediately before the election. A multicounty election panel ruled in Moore's favor, but the state board today overturned that ruling.

Don Wright, legal counsel for the Board of Elections, says the board's vote was unanimous. He says last month's decision was reversed because its findings of facts were not supported by evidence.

Wright says Moore's name will still be on the ballot.

Moore says he is appealing the decision to the State Court of Appeals. He says already some 700 people have cast ballots in the district during early voting.


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The State Board of Elections will hear arguments today over whether a candidate for the general assembly is eligible to run or not.

The president of the Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP is challenging Tony Moore's residency in State Senate District 5. Calvin Henderson claimed Moore hasn't lived at his Church Street Home in Winterville long enough to claim residency for the senate seat.

The State Constitution says a candidate has to reside in the district a year immediately before the election. An election panel ruled in Moore's favor, but Henderson has appealed to the State Board, hence the hearing today.

We'll let you know how they decide.


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