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Some experience early voting woes

By Gavin Johnson - bio |email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The first day of early voting in New Hanover County ended with Board of Election members calling an emergency meeting.

Some people complained that when they voted for certain candidates the electronic voting machines would pick another candidate.

"I was going through county commissioners and made my selection, it went from Republican candidates to Democrat. It did it three different times," said Dean Lambeth, Mayor of Kure Beach.

According to Lambeth, he experienced the same issue when he voted for the congressional race.

"We talked with a technician and said it could have been an interruption in power or it could have been a calibration that wasn't saved," said Bonnie Williams, Board of Elections Supervisor.

Williams says the problem has been fixed and no votes were compromised.

During the emergency meeting Thursday night, board of election members didn't seem to take the voting problems seriously, according to Lambeth.

"The right to vote is one of the most important rights citizens have. A lot of people have made supreme sacrifices for that," said Lambeth.

"I don't know how to really respond to that," said Williams.  "My board members take every election very serious."

Williams said voters and precinct workers did a good job of spotting the problems early before it became a big issue.

We called board of elections in other counties to see how the first day of early voting went, there were some problems, but nothing like what happened in New Hanover County.

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