Few Election Problems Reported Statewide

North Carolina's election chief says few problems have been reported as voters cast ballots in primary elections that are expected to see record voter turnout statewide.

State elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday that turnout was steady but "not tremendously heavy."

Bartlett said there have been about a dozen instances of voting machine problems, compared to about 120 reports in 2006, when most counties had new voting machines.

Election officials said one precinct in coastal Pamlico County would remain open an extra hour until 8:30 p.m. The polling place opened an hour late because the post's chief judge never arrived. Bartlett said the delay shouldn't affect the timely release of local results.

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