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Justice calls for investigation into NHC Board of Election

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Election officials in New Hanover County say nearly 300 voters received incorrect ballots Tuesday.

According to poll observers, the wrong ballots included the race for the North Carolina House District 19 instead of District 16, which had Carolyn Justice (R) running against F.D. Rivenbark (D).

"I'm just really sorry it occurred," said Bonnie Williams with the Board of Elections.  "I wish I could go back and un-do what has been done.  If I could, I would."

Justice won the race by a large margin but said she will call for an investigation into New Hanover County's Board of Elections, "not for corruption, but for competence."

"If she feels it will restore competence back into this office to ask for the investigation, than I think it's a good idea," said Williams.

Justice said voting is one of the most sacred rights Americans have. 

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday night that the New Hanover County problem occurred in two precincts. He said there is no way for election officials to correct the error and that problem impacts two state House races and a local race for Superior Court judge.

Voters reported other problems too.  The touch screens appeared to be having glitches and the paper ballot counter wasn't working.

Williams stresses that the votes from every other race on the ballot will be counted for those 300 people.

Board of Elections officials will make a presentation about the problems at the November 15 commissioners meeting.

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