The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans call the election results corrupt, and say that the Black Church cannot accept these results in light of the fact that it is suing the State of North Carolina and Texas over the issues of disfranchising African American voters. Here’s another example of the level of corruption that AfricanAmerican voters have to contend with on top of the Republican Party challenging our Right to Vote by imposing ID voting laws all across the country. This is on top of the fact that the voting equipment is not reliable and in some cases the voter technology that has been employed in some states is vulnerable to hackers. This is why we have taken an unusual stance of asking the Governor to decertify all the election results of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and provide retraining of election workers so that we can arrive at a fair and an impartial election.
This is not our act. The Black Church is not hollering in the wind nor is it that we are making these accusations about voting irregularities. It is the Maryland State Board of Elections who is doing this. They cited three major election issues. This is why we cannot and will not accept the results of Baltimore County or the City of Baltimore election results and we will call it corrupted at every level of the process, and ask the Governor to order a redo of those elections within the next 30 days.
The Maryland Board of Elections Says:
First, on Tuesday evening Baltimore City found a number of misplaced ballots that had not been counted. Lamone noted that this is not uncommon and, in fact, occurs across the country on a fairly consistent basis.
Second, the State Board of Elections requires all local boards to provide to it a post-election reconciliation report prior to state certification. In reviewing Baltimore City’s report the State Board found a number of inconsistencies in some of the key metrics. In particular, she cited an irregularity found between the number of voters that checked in to precincts as compared to the number of ballots cast in those precincts.
Third, deadlines as outlined by the state of Maryland for recourse in the election were fast approaching. In fact, today is the deadline to request a recount for the primary election and Monday is the deadline to file a legal motion to contest the election. Lamone said she felt that with the looming deadlines, decertification was the fairest thing to do for both voters and candidates to ensure that things were handled correctly. She said in essence this would put a hold on the deadlines, which would restart after the investigation was completed.
Rev. Anthony Evans, the President of the National Black Church Initiative, “Since the election of 2000, we have witnessed a continuous assault on Black voters across this country at every level of the electoral process. The Black Church will use its moral voice to defend the integrity of voting for, not only its members, but for the poor as well. No one understands, in this society, the power of the vote more than the Black Community because we have died and continue to die, to have a right to it. So this is why, even at a municipal level, we will challenge any corruption when it comes down to the integrity of the Black Vote.”
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.