Derek Bowens, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, will be departing at the end of May to head up the Durham County Board of Elections.
According to Star News Online, “Bowens was appointed in March 2015, shortly after the county board of elections asked the state to remove former director Marvin McFadyen. McFadyen has since sued the county — a lawsuit that has yet to be resolved.”
Star News Online also reports that Bowens will be seeing his salary jump from $87,000 to $95,000.
New Hanover county saw two elections protests filed during the 2016 election cycle, as did Durham county, where alleged issues in ballot processing took place during the entire 17-day early voting period and well into Election Day in over five precincts. Some 94,000 ballots magically surfaced late in the evening on election night in Durham.
Both Durham and New Hanover were counties found to have more registered voters than actual residents by the watchdog group, Judicial Watch.
Bowens was at the center of a series of the election protests filed in the county during the 2016 election.
Both protests were filed by John Christian Anderson, who later filmed an encounter he had at the New Hanover Board of Elections office.
Anderson witnessed the offices being open very late one Thursday in November just after the election. When Anderson investigated, he was told there was ballot counting going on.
No notice of this activity had been previously posted and the door to the room where the ballots were being counted was locked. This occurred late on a Thursday night – well past normal business hours – without the public’s knowledge.