Photo by Jesse Barber
The case was not complicated. DeHaan and Forestieri, the two appointed Republicans on the Surry BOE, had refused to sign the certifications for the final vote both last November and again on March 7th, after the special election for town of Dobson commission. The failure to sign is "a failure to comply to the laws that exist," as Eggers put it in his motion (quoted in Mt. Airy News). Their simple duty and obligation is to sign.
Why? Why wouldn't they perform their mandated-by-law obligation to certify the results of two elections. The votes had been "canvassed," totally tabulated and verified.
Simple Psychological explanation: DeHaan and Forestieri were upset that Fed Judge Loretta Biggs ruled back in 2018 (again) that the Republican voter ID law was unconstitutional. She threw it out. DeHaan especially attacked her for that perversion of what some see as a necessary step toward Christian Nationalism. In a letter to fellow board members, which Forestieri also signed, DeHaan threw down the insurrection gauntlet: "I don't view election law per NCSBE as legitimate or Constitutional," he wrote. Just too holy for his shirt.
I attended the hearing. I have had election experiences with both men. Their reasoning about election fraud in Surry County has been repeated so many times that it has become banal nonsense. DeHann presented a fascinating Wikipedia-based etymology of the word "ballot." Maybe he will now have additional time to study the word "oust." Of course, stating the Bob Hall has been and is practically an employee of the NCSBE did not help help his case or that of Mr. Forestieri. When "4" Eggers began speaking at the end of the hearing, I expected an apologia for DeHann and Forestieri, which to my surprise did not happen. Eggers even had kind words for his Watauga nemesis, Stella Anderson.
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