With No Protest, Election Board Approves Results

The State Board of Elections has signed off on North Carolina's election results, approving the numbers in an unusually uneventful canvass that brought no objections.

Elections board director Gary Bartlett said in an interview Tuesday that officials usually expect to handle up to 10 election concerns. But there were no protests raised this year, and one pending issue from Cumberland County has already been investigated by state election organizers.

This year's election had three heated races at the top of the ballot, including president-elect Barack Obama's win by less than half of a percentage point.

Bartlett said elections officials will work in the coming months to conduct a system-wide assessment to identify ways to continue improving and streamlining operations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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