4 face voter fraud charges
By William F. West
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Four people with felony convictions have been charged with illegally voting in the 2016 election before the terms of their sentences were complete. At least two of them are scheduled to face trial for felony voter fraud early next year.
Freddice Harvey and Surlinda McGhee, both of Currituck County, are set to face trial for felony voter fraud in Currituck Superior Court the week of Jan. 7. That’s according to a court order signed by Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett on Oct. 22 following administrative hearings for both women.
Meanwhile, prosecutors’ cases against Pitt County resident Kendra Shannonhouse and Pasquotank County resident Daryl Keith Wood remain pending. They, like Harvey and McGhee, are charged with felony voter fraud for allegedly voting in the 2016 general election.
Under North Carolina law, persons convicted of felonies lose their right to vote. According to Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for the N.C. Board of Elections, a felon’s right to vote is automatically restored upon completion of their sentence, which includes any term of probation, parole or post-release supervision. Gannon said the person must re-register to vote once they’ve completed all parts of their sentence.
According to information provided by Jerry Higgins, communications officer for the state prison system, neither Harvey, McGhee, Shannonhouse nor Wood had completed all parts of their respective felony sentences when they allegedly voted in 2016.
Harvey, 63, of the 1200 block of Shawboro Road, was convicted in Pasquotank County in June 2015 of felony exploitation of a disabled or elderly person. Her probation wasn’t set to end until June 2019. She’s accused of illegally voting in Currituck in the 2016 election.
McGhee, also 63, of the 400 block of Poplar Branch Road, was convicted in Dare County in May 2013 of felony larceny. Her probation wasn’t set to end until this past May. She, too, is accused of illegally voting in Currituck in the 2016 election.
Shannonhouse, 35, of Stokes, was convicted in Pasquotank County in July 2015 of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses. Her post-release supervision wasn’t set to end until August 2021. Shannonhouse, who also goes by the name Kendra Johnson, also is accused of illegally voting in the 2016 election in Pasquotank County.
Wood, 57, of the 1300 block of Lincoln Street, Elizabeth City, was convicted in Pasquotank in September 2016 of attempted exploitation of an elderly person. His probation wasn’t set to end until September 2020. He, too, is accused of illegally voting in Pasquotank in the 2016 election.
In an unrelated matter, Shannonhouse this week pleaded no contest in Pasquotank Superior Court to both felony and misdemeanor charges of writing worthless checks. According to court records, Judge J.C. Cole sentenced Shannonhouse to serve 12 days in jail at Albemarle District Jail and at least five years of supervised probation. Cole said Shannonhouse may complete her jail sentence over six weekends.
Court records also show Harvey has a previous conviction for involuntary manslaughter in Pasquotank in October 1994. She completed a term of parole after a short prison term, records show.