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Poll worker mistake caused fears of fraud, but no double-vote

Updated: After taking a closer look, elections officials are convinced that a Sampson County man did not, as previously suspected, cast two ballots – one during early voting and another on Election Day – and instead think a mistake by a poll worker created confusion.

Sylvia Thornton, chairwoman of the county elections board, said a poll worker gave a voter the ballot of someone with the same last name and had voted early. That sparked concerns that a person had voted twice. "It was a mistake, but we've taken care of it, and every vote has been counted correctly," Thornton said.

North Carolina man guilty of bad joke, not voter fraud

Updated: Jim Turner of Pine Knoll Shores is getting a crash course in social media.

The 69-year-old of Pine Knoll Shores writes a column for a local publication called Shoreline, and he took to Facebook last Friday with a comment he intended as a sarcastic joke for his daughter and intended for a narrow circle of friends: "I voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct," he said.

Turner made the comment on Barack Obama's fan page, and in the days since has seen firsthand that what happens on Facebook doesn't always stay there.

'The Craigslist Vote' in NC: Now accepting cash offers...or trades

A lot has been said about the narrow gap expected to decide what becomes of North Carolina's 15 votes in the Electoral College, and political operatives are all over the state making sure all their party's supporters cast a ballot.

Maybe it's time for attention to turn to a largely-undecided constituency not often discussed – the Craigslist vote.

If a series of emails forwarded to the state Board of Elections gives any indication, the Craigslist vote is very concerned with very certain economic issues.

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