Florence A. Armstrong Is Seeking Your Vote To Be Reappointed To The Edgecombe County Board of Elections

Florence Arnold Armstrong

4445 Highway 258 S /P. O. Box 296  Tarboro, NC  *252-823-5726 Cell :  252-813-6942 *faarmstrong@embarqmail.com






To:        Edgecombe County Democratic Executive Committee

From:    Florence Arnold Armstrong

Date:     May 17, 2017

Subj:      Board of Elections Membership



This is notification of my desire to continue serving on the Edgecombe County Board of Elections.  I don’t take this appointment lightly and I am honored to represent you all the citizens of this great county.

Some of my accomplishments on the board include:

·       Defending the minority one stop plan at the State Board of Elections Hearing

·       Getting the minority stop plan approved by the State Board of Elections.

·       Keeping abreast of election law and legislation.

·       Attending election conferences.


I am grateful for your support and ask for your continued support and vote on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the executive committee meeting (6:00 pm).



Edgecombe County: Breaking News: Democratic Positions Open Because Willingham Resigned From The County Board of Elections And Harris Tendered Her Resignation As Party Secretary

First of all my question should be are you aware that the Edgecombe County Board of Elections have a vacancy because Shelly Willingham has stepped down as the Democratic representative? Willingham filed to run for the office of the House District 23 seat.

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee must call a meeting to vote to appoint someone to fill the seat. Any Democrat can seek the appointment. See the NC Democratic Party Plan of Organization Section 2.06 County Board of Elections to see how the appointment to be filled. If you have any questions contact the county chair William Solomon or you many contact me.

If you want to seek the appointment do you know that you need to try to contact the folks on the Executive Committee stating your interest. However names can be submitted from the floor during the meeting also.

I am a precinct chair so therefore I am a voting member and my precinct has several votes.

I have been in some discussion with the chair and a couple of folks and I am waiting on the meeting date to be announced so that we can fill the seat as soon as possible. Willingham resigned on Monday. A 7 day notice is in order to call a meeting and I am not aware of a meeting date. Why? Time is of essence because we don’t need the Edgecombe County Board of Elections meeting without a Democratic Representative. The board meets every 3rd Tuesday and they have a meeting this coming Tuesday. It appears that we will have no Democratic Rep. so therefore Democrats need to attend the meeting. I have attended the BOE meetings over the years but I don’t attend them during basketball season because I volunteer videoing high school basketball games. The last game was suppose to be this past Friday but due to the snow, we have about 4 games to make up.

It has been brought to my attention that the Secretary Viola Harris has tendered her resignation. So therefore the party need to meet to replace the Secretary, Board of Elections Representative and so the Precincts can receive the Precinct Packages that has been issued to the County Chairs by the State Executive Committee.

See NC Democratic Party Plan of Organization Section 2.03 Officers of the County Executive Committee to replace the secretary.

I am waiting patiently for a meeting to be called but if the Chair William Solomon does not call one soon, then the County Executive Officers Gladys Shelton, Robert Byrd and Martha Johnson need to call a meeting. 

Letter to Allen Mitchell Chair Edgecombe County Democratic County Party And Executive Committee Recall Board of Elections Appointments June 1, 2011

Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:34 AM
Cc: Names removed
Subject: Letter to Allen Mitchell Chair Edgecombe County Democratic County Party And Executive Committee Recall Board of Elections Appointments June 1, 2011

Curmilus Dancy II
P.O. Box 1391
Pinetops, NC 27864

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Open letter to Allen Mitchell Chair Edgecombe County Democratic Party/Executive Committee Members:

I am calling the meeting held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 null and void so therefore I am requesting the meeting be rescheduled and carried out per the North Carolina Democratic Party Plan of Organization.

Although I did not attend the meeting I am precinct chair at 12-1.

I have been told Rev. Roosevelt Higgs had Mitchell so confused he didn’t know what to do. I have asked Mitchell time and time again to read the Plan of Organization and put the section pertaining to the business of the party on the agenda so the executive committee can look over it before they get to the meeting and to also be able to refer to it during the meeting if necessary.

Higgs should not be an issue because I brought it to Mitchell’s attention during the campaign of the most recent election that I received calls that Higgs was in Greenville NC riding around pulling a C. B. Daughtridge (Republican) sign. Mitchell said he believed it because he had taken some pictures of Higgs putting up the Republican signs at Edgecombe Community College in Rocky Mount.

The Edgecombe County Commissioners along with the County Manager and the Planning Department all knows Higgs do not live in the precinct whereby he is serving as a precinct chair. I presented pictures of the property that had no livable housing on it and filed a complaint with all of the above and the county has pictures as well whereby he was cited for numerous findings of disposal waste and illegal burning of campaign signs and more on the property.

I want to begin my complaint by beginning with the letter I received with no return address on the envelope, I don’t normally open letters like this.

The letter read:

Dear Executive Committee Members:

The Executive Committee of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will convene in an urgent meeting on May 31, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building Auditorium

A proposed agenda and Proxy is enclosed.

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Business of Importance to the Party

Your attendance at this meeting is Imperative.

Viola S. Harris for
Allen Mitchell, Chair
Viola S. Harris, Secretary

I did not receive an agenda enclosed however I did receive the proxy. This letter should have stated the purpose of this meeting was to meet about the Board of Elections appointment. The section in the North Carolina Democratic Party Plan of Organization pertaining to this should have been included.

I have received several phone calls about how the meeting was carried out and they felt the process that was used on last night was not carried out per the NCDP Plan of Organization.

I was told Allen Mitchell Chair came with a slate of names Asbury Batchelor, Jackie King both currently serving and the 3rd name was Charles Rountree. Rountree name was sent in several years ago and he was rejected by the North Carolina State Democratic Party.

I understand that the names were not voted on individually and the slate was voted down as whole. I understand there were around 4 slates submitted after the chair caucused in the hallway with the precinct chairs and vice chairs and/or their proxies. I understand that Mitchell re-entered the meeting room and presented the same slate again.

I understand that eventually there was a slate of officers Shelly Willingham, Rev. Thomas L. Walker and Charles Rountree voted on. However I understand they were not voted on individually. I understand that the elected officials had to vote either for one person or give a 3rd of their votes to the 3. (I don’t get that.)

It is of my opinion that the process that was carried out on yesterday was not legit and is out of compliance with the North Carolina Democratic Party Plan of Organization Page 9 Section 2.0 County Organizations. However I could be wrong but I believe the NCDP Plan of Organization speaks for itself.

See the following sections per the NCDP Plan of Organization and see for yourself.


Method of Selection. The county chair shall call a meeting of the county executive committee and, after consultation with the precinct chairs, submit three (3) names of active Democrats as his or her recommendations for confirmation by the county executive committee. Only when such recommendations shall be confirmed by a majority of the county executive committee members present and voting shall the recommendation be submitted to the state chair. If the county executive committee refuses to confirm a person recommended by the county chair, then the floor shall be open for nominations for that position. Only when a nominee has received a majority vote of the county executive committee members present and voting shall the recommended name be submitted to the state chair. The time frame for the county executive committee to meet to act on these recommendations, the deadline for submitting recommendations to the state chair, and the manner by which such recommendations shall be submitted to the state chair shall be determined and set forth by the state chair.

See important information as follows.



Members. There shall be a county executive committee in each county composed of:

1. The chair and vice chair of the several precinct committees in the county;

2. The elected officers of the county executive committee;

3. The presidents of the duly organized and chartered county chapters of state auxiliary organizations. The respective presidents of the state auxiliary organizations shall determine those duly organized auxiliary organizations within a county and certify the name of the county auxiliary organization president to the state chair. State Party Headquarters shall provide the county chair with the name of the presidents of duly organized county chapters of state auxiliary organizations within their county. Should a precinct chair or vice chair be elected as president of an auxiliary organization, some other member of said organization shall be certified as the representative of that organization on the county executive committee. In addition, the county Teen Dem advisor shall be a member of the county executive committee and equally share the vote of that organization with the county Teen Dem president unless the county executive committee authorizes an additional vote.

4. Any elected or appointed member of the state executive committee from that county, not a member of the county executive committee by virtue of holding some other office, shall be an ex-officio, voting member of the county executive committee.

5. All Democratic state, county, and city elected officials (whether elected in a partisan or non-partisan election) and Democratic members of the North Carolina General Assembly residing in the county shall be ex-officio, voting members of the county executive committee. Said ex-officio members shall not be considered in computing the presence of a quorum. Any elected or appointed judge shall not be a member of the committee.

6. The county chair shall determine what shall constitute a duly organized Democratic Men’s Club within a county and the president, or some other person designated by the Club shall be a member of the county executive committee.

7. Any elected or appointed officer of a district executive committee or the state executive

committee residing in the county.

8. A county party Attorney, appointed by the county Chair and serving at the Chair’s



No individual members can vote in more than one capacity, nor shall any individual member be entitled to cast more than one (1) vote even though the individual may be serving in multiple capacities under the county executive committee structure.

County Executive Committee Officers, Presidents of County Chapters of State Auxiliary Organizations, and Ex-Officio Members.

Members not provided for below shall be entitled to one vote each.

Precinct Officers. The several precinct chairs and vice chairs shall be entitled, as members of the county executive committee, to cast for their precinct one vote for each one hundred (100) votes, or major fraction thereof, cast by their precinct for the Democratic nominee for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, provided that each precinct chair and vice chair together shall be entitled to cast for their precinct a minimum of one vote.

In the event that the chair and vice chair should disagree on how their precinct’s vote shall be cast, then each member shall cast exactly one-half (½) of the votes which their precinct is entitled to cast.

Under no circumstances shall either the chair or vice chair be able to cast more than one-half (½) of the votes to which a precinct is entitled, even though the other is absent.

I have a problem with Shelly Willingham and Rev. Thomas L. Walker names being submitted to serve as my Board of Elections representative for Edgecombe County. My reasons are as follows.

Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker is President of the Edgecombe Nash Black Political Caucus but they have attempted to drop the Black over the years so they could take in money from anyone including Republicans.

See the most recent Notice of Penalty Assessment whereby Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker signed a $500.00 check to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Willingham is on the payroll of the ENBPC as well.

Again I am calling the meeting held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 is null and void so therefore I am requesting the meeting be rescheduled and carried out per the North Carolina Democratic Party Plan of Organization.

Secretary Viola Harris I am requesting you forward my concerns to others who are not listed here. I have asked for a copy of all executive committee emails since the chair has been in office and I have not received them.

Thanking you in advance.

Curmilus Dancy II
Precinct Chair 12-1

Attachment enclosed

Note: Called Allen Mitchell around 14:50 to see did he receive my email. He stated yes. He said he wanted to say a couple of things and he said first of all he is not confused. I responded he has been confused in every meeting that he has held. I then told him he could respond in writing. I hung up. He called back and I didn’t answer.