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The Latest: N Carolina precinct time extended nearly 2 hours

November 6, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on election problems or delays Tuesday at North Carolina voting precincts (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

The closing time for a southeastern North Carolina voting precinct will be extended by nearly two hours because local voting officials didn’t have a ballot style on hand as they opened their doors on Election Day.

A split state elections board agreed late Tuesday to extend the closing time for the Columbus County precinct until 9:20 p.m. Closing time statewide is 7:30 p.m. The ballot lacked one of the three ballot styles that could be voted on by precinct voters until just before 8:30 a.m. A state board official said between 10 or 20 people may have been affected by the missing ballot style.

The state board also delayed the closing of a Gaston County precinct by 20 minutes after it was evacuated when a fire alarm sounded at the polling site.

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12:20 p.m.

North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can’t be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a news release Tuesday that it received reports that ballots can’t be fed through tabulators in some precincts in Wake County and elsewhere. Officials say such ballots are stored securely in “emergency bins” and will be tabulated as soon as possible.

Officials also announced the state board will meet Tuesday afternoon to consider the Columbus County Board of Elections’ request to extend voting hours at a precinct where workers didn’t have the correct ballot when polls opened.

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