SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - With early voting now underway in North Carolina, there have some reports of minor issues at voting sites in New Hanover and Pender counties.
At the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center on South College Road, residents had trouble voting due to a printer issue but the technical problem was resolved around 8:30 a.m.
“I think that every vote is crucial but in this particular instance, there have been some reasons to be concerned. So we’d like to see some early poll numbers and make sure things are going the right direction,” said another voter Don Cadenhead.
Despite the minor snafu with the printer, voters seemed happy to be out and to have the opportunity to vote.
“It was a delay but I didn’t mind it. But it wasn’t too long. And I’m up in age. But then they corrected the problem, which seemed to be minor. And after we started going, it was moving very moderately and I was satisfied with it,” said voter Ramon Green.
In Pender County, ballots weren’t delivered to three of the five early voting locations (Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department in Willard, Cooperative Extension Auditorium in Burgaw, and the CFCC campus in Surf City) when those sites opened at 7:30 a.m., according Susan Williams, the director of the county board of elections.
Ballots were delivered to the three affected sites within an hour, Williams said.
The county and state boards of elections have been notified of the ballot issue.
Early today, two to three hour wait times were reported at Brunswick County early voting sites. The elections director said there were no issues—just a lot of people showing up. The lines are expected to be shorter in a few days.
By 2 p.m. today, 122 thousand people across North Carolina had already cast ballots, which was on track to match the 2016 election numbers. This year’s totals may be more significant considering more than half a million ballots have already been mailed in.