No incidents of voter intimidation or interference took place in Orange County in the 2022 midterm elections.
Prior to the most recent midterm elections, concerns over election security have left many voters on edge.
In recent years, the issue has gathered more widespread attention as a result of alleged incidents at polling places, including intimidation of voters and poll workers and heated confrontations between campaigning politicians and voters.
During the early voting period and on Election Day this year, the North Carolina State Board of Elections received 21 incident reports regarding the 2022 midterm elections from across the state.
These reports included 12 alleged incidents of voter intimidation, one report of voter interference and eight alleged incidents of election official intimidation.
The reports indicated voters being photographed, an electioneer “harassing” students and a bystander harassing election workers and claiming that early voting is illegal, according to an email from Patrick Gannon, public information director for the NCSBE.
However, he said it is important to keep these numbers in perspective. During the midterm elections, over 3.75 million votes were cast in North Carolina at over 2,650 Election Day polling places and 359 early voting locations.
“Most voters cast their ballot successfully at an orderly polling place, with no issues,” Gannon said in the email.
Election security is not much of an issue in Orange County, according to Orange County Board of Elections member Jason Roberts.