Corrupt computer cards cause Lenoir County election foul up

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LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Corrupt computer cards caused hundreds of votes in Lenoir County to be temporarily lost, which halted vote tabulations on election night.

County elections chair Tommy Pharo says the three cards contained 869 one-stop votes on them, and election workers noticed that numbers last night were not adding up correctly.

Fortunately, there are redundancies in the voting machines so officials say every vote was counted.

One voting machine at Tanglewood Chuch completely crashed, while a card in another became corrupt. A third corrupt card was discovered at the one-stop site in La Grange.

Final unofficial results from the election were posted to the state web site shortly before 1:00 p.m.

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Lenoir County has finally posted final results from Tuesday's election after tabulations were stopped because of a discrepancy with one-stop voting numbers.

One county commissioner said the mixup involved 869 one-stop votes that were reported missing

Elections Director Dana King told WITN this morning that two members of the state Board of Elections were coming to help figure out where the discrepancy lies.

Final results were posted around 1:00 p.m. but there's been no explanation yet on what exactly happened.

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A Lenoir County commissioner says 869 one-stop votes are missing, causing the county elections office to halt reporting of last night's election results.

WITN spoke to Commissioner Eric Rouse this morning after Lenoir County Elections Director Dana King told us that voting result reporting was halted due to a discrepancy with the one-stop early voting count.

King tells WITN that two members of the state Board of Elections are coming to help figure out where the discrepancy lies.

At this time, 0 of 22 precincts are reporting their results.

"We are working with Lenoir County right now to figure out the issue," said state Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon.

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As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, the Lenoir County Board of Elections is reporting election results from 0 of 22 precincts.

Unofficial election results are updated as they come in on the State Board of Elections website. Those numbers were set back to zero at some point late Tuesday and haven't been updated since.

It appears the Board of Elections is dealing with some kind of computer issue.

You can see the last reported numbers before that reset under our WITN election numbers on the WITN home page.

You can see where the State Board of Elections results page here.

We're closely watching one race out of Lenoir County where incumbent NC House Representative George Graham (D) is being challenged by Chris Humphrey (R). Graham has served three terms representing people in Craven, Greene and Lenoir counties.

Before the reset, 23 of 27 precincts were reporting for the State House District 12 Seat with 56% of the votes going to Humphrey and 44% of the votes to Graham.

A local sales and use tax was also on the ballot in Lenoir County. At last report, 18 of 22 precincts had submitted numbers and 53% of voters were against the measure while 47% were in favor of it.

All election night numbers are considered unofficial until they are confirmed.

We've reached out to the Lenoir County Board of Elections Director for more information on the problem and will update this story as soon as we learn more.