North Carolina Elections Board Picks Chair As Key Decision Looms

North Carolina Elections Board Picks Chair As Key Decision Looms

1:22pm Aug 13, 2019
Damon Circosta previously served on the State Board in 2018. He has served as executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh since 2012. He is also a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Circosta formerly led the North Carolina Center for Voter Education. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

The state Board of Elections voted Tuesday to make nonprofit executive Damon Circosta of Raleigh its new chairman. Gov. Roy Cooper last week picked Circosta as the Democrat to replace former chairman Bob Cordle, who resigned after telling a crude joke.

Circosta was politically unaffiliated last year when he was named chairman of a different version of the elections board. He now joins two other Democrats and two Republicans.

The elections board later this month is expected to decide whether the next generation of voting machines should be required to furnish a paper printout so voters can read and confirm their ballots.

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