Surry County Voting Hours Extended, New Hanover Voters Get Bad Ballots

Elections officials in New Hanover County say nearly 300 voters received incorrect ballots, while an error in Surry County stretched the vote beyond the standard closing time.

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday night that the New Hanover County problem occurred in two precincts. He said there is no way for election officials to correct the error and that problem impacts two state House races and a local race for Superior Court judge.

Bartlett said Surry County officials used an incorrect list of registered voters. Poll workers gave some provisional ballots and checked some registrations by phone. About two dozen voters left polling sites because of the delays, so the local elections board decided to extend voting until 8:30 p.m. Polls closed elsewhere at 7:30 p.m

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