Problems at early voting polls

October 19, 2012 3:34:15 PM PDT
About 150,000 North Carolinians cast their votes on the first day of early voting Thursday. That number is up from 2008.

At least one polling station in Wake County is still ironing out some kinks in the process.

One viewer told ABC11 that people with cell phones at a site in Cary were turned away, told to put the phone in their cars, and then had to rejoin the line in order to vote.

Wake County's Deputy Director of Elections, Gary Sims, told Eyewitness News that is not the county's policy.

"Of course you can bring in cell phones. The big thing is you just can't use your cell phone when you're in," Sims said. "We do ask people to silence them, because if you're in the middle of voting, especially if it's a very busy side, a high volume side, the noise can get up."

Anyone who plans to use a phone to help them in the voting booth should reconsider their options. Officials suggest writing down any needed information and taking it in.

Another complaint among voters after the first full day of polling are the locations of early voting sites in Wake County.

The majority of the eight polls now open are in more liberal neighborhoods, something that was hashed out at an election board meeting with commissioners weeks ago.

"I know that we did have a lot of very controversial board meetings, but us as staff, all we can do as staff is look at the direction the board gives us and what the State Board of Elections gave us," Sims said.

Eight more early voting sites will open next week, including some in North Raleigh.

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