Voting issues reported througout the Triangle

November 4, 2008 3:48:54 PM PST
Troubleshooter Diane Wilson is taking calls and e-mail messages from voters reporting problems.

In Wake County, about 300 Raleigh voters were stranded in line at the Barwell Community Center precinct early Tuesday morning.

According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, the person in charge of delivering the ballots left the ballots in the trunk of her car when her grandson dropped her off Tuesday morning.

It took about 40 minutes to locate the ballots and get the line moving. The Barwell Community Center precinct will stay open one hour later. Voters have until 8:30 p.m. to cast their ballot.

In Durham County, Pearstown Elementary School also had problems Tuesday morning after a wreck near the site knocked out power and delayed voting by 30 minutes.

Initially, the county said it would stay open an extra 20 minutes to make up for the delay.

However, late Tuesday afternoon, the state overruled that decision after a Republican member of the Durham County Board of Elections appealed the ruling.

So, Pearstown Elementary will not stay open late. It will close at 7:30.

Eyewitness News has also heard complaints from voters about wet ballots not being counted. The problem occurred when voters standing in the rain leaned on ballots as they filled them out. The machine would not accept wet ballots.

Another issue with a small number of people who registered to vote with the DMV is their registration didn't go through.

The state BOE says both problems are minor and manageable. All of the affected voters are being given provisional ballots.

If you encounter any voting problems Eyewitness News would like to hear from you. You can call the Troubleshooter hotline at 688-4357 or send an e-mail to vote2008@abc11mail.com.


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