19 Days: Early Vote Begins: Dole's Voter Registration History

DAY 19

Today, North Carolinians across the state will start to head to the polls on the first day of early voting. For over 25 years, Elizabeth Dole was registered to vote as a Kansan. But in 2001, just days after Jesse Helms announced his retirement, Dole thought it would be an opportune time to reconnect with North Carolina – a state she had not lived in for over 40 years. Now, hardworking North Carolinians are paying the price for an out of touch senator who spends more time in the Watergate than her “home” state.

Dole Was Registered To Vote In Kansas For Over 25 Years.
Elizabeth Dole registered to vote in Kansas as a Republican prior to marrying Senator Bob Dole in 1975. She remained a registered voter in Kansas until 2001. [Associated Press, 2/5/02; Wichita Eagle, 6/10/02]

August 22, 2001: North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms Announced He Would Not Seek Reelection. On August 22, 2001, North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms announced that he would not seek reelection in the 2002 election. [Associated Press, 8/22/01]

August 22, 2001: Dole Sought To Terminate Voter Registration In Kansas. The same day that Senator Jesse Helms announced his intention not to seek reelection in 2002, Elizabeth Dole wrote a letter to Kansas officials declaring her intention to terminate her voter registration in Kansas in order to register “in another jurisdiction.” [Associated Press, 8/24/01]

August 24, 2001: Dole Registered To Vote In North Carolina. On August 24, 2001, Elizabeth Dole registered to vote in Rowan County, North Carolina, just two days after North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms announced that he would not seek reelection in 2002. She had been registered in Russell, Kansas since 1975. Dole told a reporter, “I just want you to know, I’ve never lived in Kansas.” [Charlotte Observer, 9/2/01]

Dole Has Sometimes Voted By Absentee Ballot In North Carolina While Bob Dole Voted In Kansas. The Fayetteville Observer reported that “in 2002, the year [Elizabeth Dole] was elected to that office, [Bob Dole] voted in person at his Kansas polling place. In more recent years, Bob Dole has voted in Kansas via absentee ballot. Elizabeth Dole has sometimes voted via absentee ballot here, but, unsurprisingly, turned out in person to vote during this year’s primary.” [Fayetteville Observer, 9/20/08]

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