To the Editor,
Faline Locklear Dial’s outstanding performance should put old guard politicians on notice. Low-voter turnout shows the level of apathy among county citizens toward the political environment.
County leaders fortify this loss of hope by erecting a wall between them and those they represent. A wall lacking in transparency, sustained with haul the voter, and funded with your tax dollars — “discretionary funds.” A tight race across District 4 precincts with the exception of Red Springs—- lopsided and far out of the norm compared with the others — prove the precinct was targeted for hauling voters against Ms. Locklear-Dial. Not one doubts these voters were incentivized, which is illegal.
Faline Locklear-Dial and Tammy Cummings were approached to play the haul the voter game, rejected it and ran honorable races. Their willingness to stand up and go against the norm is a win for the citizens and shows the bondage of apathy is cracked and old guard political strategies — “haul the voter” and “buying votes” — is under attack.
Citizens for Integrity in Government is proud of these two Robeson County ladies. We encourage all citizens to consider the power of their vote, its necessity to good government, the sacrifices made to protect it, and its value — far greater than a one-time incentive. The Citizens for Integrity in Government manned the Red Springs poll from opening to closing on Election Day, witnessing haul the voter operations and passing out of pre-filled ballots. Per our lawyers, all legal — except the omnisciently ever-present but invisible incentive.
The Citizens of Integrity in Government compels the Robeson County and State Board of Elections to validate the legitimacy of all votes cast at the Red Springs poll. This could make the difference between a citizenry trapped in apathy or a renewed confidence and hope for Robeson County.
Lynn E. Locklear
Citizens for Integrity in Government