Elections board to keep 2 NC precincts open longer after delays

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Board of Elections is keeping two precincts open a little longer due to interruptions.

The five-person board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep Bertie County’s Snakebite precinct open until 8 p.m. and to keep a precinct in Forsyth County open until 8:10 p.m. Other polls in the state close at 7:30 p.m.

If the voting period is interrupted or delayed by more than 15 minutes, state law allows the board to extend a precinct’s closing time by an equal amount of time.

Forsyth County elections director Tim Tsujii said there were long lines for roughly 40 minutes at the Miller Park precinct because of a shortage of one style of Democratic ballot. That caused some voters to leave the polling place, he said.

In Bertie County, in the northeast part of the state, voting was disrupted from 6:50 a.m. until 7:20 a.m. due to an issue with a printer, general counsel Katelyn Love said during a brief board meeting via teleconference. The board said a total of eight voters there were affected, with two waiting to vote and six others leaving the polling place.

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