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Officials: Effigies parked at NC early voting site

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina election officials have asked prosecutors to investigate reports of a trailer parked at an early voting site that held effigies of former and current elected officials with nooses around their necks.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett said a truck with the attached open-air trailer pulled up to a Wayne County library that offered early voting Thursday morning. Photographs show eight effigies and signs on the trailer side naming President Barack Obama, Gov. Beverly Perdue and state and local law enforcement officials.

Bartlett said information was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Wayne County district attorney. Bartlett said First Amendment freedoms end if someone is intimidated or gets mad while trying to vote.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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