VIP’s Mike Hyers Scores Another 1,023 Voter Challenges

May 9, 2016 (Raleigh) — In case you missed the Fayetteville Observer story on this, Voter Integrity Project lead researcher and Fayetteville resident, Mike Hyers, challenged 1,023 Cumberland County voters who no longer live at the address from which they are registered to vote. One had been on the rolls, even after she got married, assumed her husband’s last name and moved to the Greensboro area 25 years ago.

Hyers foreground) faces election office staff members, Cumberland County Board of Elections Secretary, Kevin Height, Chairman James Baker and Member, Harvey Raynor, the Director, Terri Robertson and the County Attorney.)

“Mike found these voters by mixing his knowledge of Excel spreadsheet software with a lot of tenacity,” said Jay DeLancy, Director of VIP. “We teamed up after he used our Phantom Voter site to challenge 21 of his former neighbors who were still registered to vote from their old addresses.”

The board sustained those challenges in late 2014 and, despite the obstacles, Hyers was motivated by the experience. Now, he finds Cumberland County voters who no longer lived at their registration’s address. (To read more about Hyers’ previous challenges, please click this link.)

Friday’s challenges began with a list of 1,042, but 19 cases were  rejected. The Board ruled they failed to meet probable cause for removal because the voters had moved to different addresses within the same precinct.

Mike Hyers, a Lead Researcher for Voter Integrity Project

Doing the right thing because it’s the right thing can be a lonely business. Retired AF Master Sgt. Mike Hyers, puts on his game face, just before going into the snake pit.

Terri Robertson, director of the county Board of Elections, told Fayetteville Observer reporter, Rodger Mullen, that an effort will be made to notify the 1,023 whom the Board ruled had met a certain standard of “probable cause.”

DeLancy praised Hyers’ success, but criticized  “the Board’s continued mistreatment” of Mr. Hyers. He promised to report that bad-news story in a later post to this website.



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