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NC State Board Of Elections Fires Forsyth County Director

5:18 PM, Jan 18, 2014   |    comments
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- Robert Coffman, director of elections in Forsyth County, has been fired following an investigation into alleged misconduct.

The announcement came in a letter to members of the Forsyth County board Friday. The letter, from executive director Kimberly Westbrook Strach, talks about a petition signed by two Forsyth County board members in December.

The petition lays out three points. It discusses Coffman's "disrespect" toward board Chair Ken Raymond, issues with a Tobaccoville recount that led to a second recount in November, and alleged misrepresentation of voter identification cards from Winston-Salem State University.

The executive director of the State Board of Elections reviewed three separate petitions and Coffman's reply, before rendering the decision to fire him.

Strach cited Coffman's firing due to mistakes he made in recounting of votes for a seat on the Tobaccoville Village Council last November.

"The allegations made with respect to the Tobaccoville recount were extremely troubling," she wrote. "The administration of the hand-eye recount was conducted poorly from the beginning to the end of the recount."

Board member Fleming Al-Amin says the board will begin the search for a new director soon. While the search goes on, the board's deputy director will take over the director role.

WFMY News 2 has not been able to reach Coffman for comment, but will bring that to you as soon as possible.

Read the full State Board of Elections letter to the Forsyth County Board of Elections attached to this article.

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