NC elections board picks chair as key decision looms

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Damon Circosta (North Carolina Board of Elections)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

The state Board of Elections voted Tuesday to make nonprofit executive Damon Circosta of Raleigh its new chairman. Gov. Roy Cooper last week picked Circosta as the Democrat to replace former chairman Bob Cordle, who resigned after telling a crude joke .

Circosta was politically unaffiliated last year when he was named chairman of a different version of the elections board. He now joins two other Democrats and two Republicans.

“We have a lot of work to do over the next couple of years to ensure North Carolina voters are confident that our elections are secure,” Circosta said in a news release. “I look forward to working with our partners at the state and county levels to conduct successful elections in 2019, 2020 and beyond.”

The elections board later this month is expected to decide whether the next generation of voting machines should be required to furnish a paper printout so voters can read and confirm their ballots.

Circosta was unanimously selected with a 5-0 vote.

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