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Two more of the so-called Alamance 12 pleaded guilty to misdemeanors this week.

Ebonie Octavia Oliver, 24, of 185 Doll Branch Road, Milton, and Jason Charles McLamb, 42, both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice, and were sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service.

Two of the other 12 people charged with voting by a felon pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges last month.

According to prosecutors, Oliver and McLamb voted in the 2016 election while still on probation. McLamb was convicted in 2009 of felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle, and was sentenced as a habitual felon. Oliver was on probation for a 2015 conviction of obtaining property by false pretense.

The state constitution prohibits convicted felons from voting until their sentences are complete, including probation, parole and post-release supervision.

The N.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement audited the 2016 election in April 2017 and found 508 illegal votes out of the 4.8 million votes cast that year in North Carolina. Some 441 of those illegal votes were by convicted felons voting before their sentences were completed. Thirteen of those cases were reported in Alamance County, according to the report, as well as two cases of double voting.

Alamance is not the only county to prosecute these violations, but it's prosecuting more cases than other counties, though cases in other counties are still under consideration.

The Alamance 12 have become a cause for Down Home NC, a liberal advocacy group working in the Piedmont and mountains with an active Alamance County chapter that calls these prosecutions voter suppression. A story about the prosecutions was featured Friday, Aug. 3, in The New York Times.

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