Surry County

NC elections board will hold removal hearings for two Surry County elections officials who put their disdain for voting rules in writing

BY: - December 19, 2022

The state Board of Election will hold hearings to consider removing two Surry County elections board members who signed a letter disparaging state elections administration and a U.S. District Court judge. The state board voted unanimously hold a hearing on Surry Board secretary Jerry Forestieri. The state board split 3-2, with Republicans opposed, on conducting […]

Information can’t keep up with misinformation about NC voting machines  

BY: - September 15, 2022

Commissioners’ meetings in Surry County are a showcase of election conspiracy theories where distrust of the machines that count ballots plays a starring role   This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy.  The northwestern North Carolina county on the Virginia border is probably best known as the home of Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry in his eponymous television show from the 1960s. This year, Surry County has been a stop on the circuit for prominent election deniers who falsely maintain that votes were engineered to have President Joe Biden win in 2020. 

They came for the My Pillow guy, they stayed for conspiracy theories about voter fraud

BY: - May 17, 2022

On the eve of Tuesday’s primary, Surry County Commissioners welcomed a packed house of citizens in Dobson, worried about the next election. My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, a Trump loyalist known for spreading false election-related conspiracy theories, was listed prominently on the agenda as a speaker who would address “election integrity.” But Lindell was a […]