COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Voters reported several issues Tuesdays as polls opened across North Carolina. Some Tabor City residents said they were turned away because they ran out of ballots, but the polling place didn’t have correct ballots to begin with.
The Columbus County Board of Elections met in an emergency session Tuesday morning and said the South Williams Precinct did not have the correct ballot when the polls opened at 6:30, according to a resolution.
The correct ballots were delivered at 8:20 a.m.
The state board approved a request from the Columbus County Board to Elections to extend voting hours until 9:20 p.m. at the precinct in the county that did not have 1 of 3 ballot types between 6:30 and 8:20 a.m.
The ballot issue is believe to have impacted about 20 voters. Board of Elections Chairman Harold Fipps said the issue was caused by a typo in the system that made the error a day before Hurricane Florence.
North Carolina officials also said high humidity was to blame for preventing some ballots from being fed through tabulators in New Hanover and other counties across the state. They said those ballots are being stored securely in “emergency bins” and will be tabulated as soon as possible.