The Buncombe County Republican Party is crying foul, claiming that members of the Democratic Party conducted campaign activities in violation of electioneering buffer requirements at a downtown early voting site. According to a statement, the "leadership of the Buncombe County Democrat Party was filmed electioneering with indifference to the poll distance marker at the downtown Asheville early voting site. Democrat candidates Jane Whilden and Susan Fisher can specifically be seen campaigning beyond the poll distance marker." The Buncombe Republican Party is filing a formal complaint with the Buncombe County Board of Elections.
The law in question states that "...no person or group of persons shall hinder access, harass others, distribute campaign literature, place political advertising, solicit votes, or otherwise engage in election‑related activity in the voting place or in a buffer zone which shall be prescribed by the county board of elections around the voting place..." Representatives of the Buncombe County Board of Elections have not yet replied to Xpress's request for comment.
Below is a video made by the BCGOP showing the alleged violations:
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