Future Tense

North Carolina Extends Voting Hours After Technical Difficulties

A woman votes on Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina.

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections extended voting in Durham County after laptops used to confirm voter registrations malfunctioned earlier in the day. Voting was extended for eight precincts by a variety of times ranging from 20–60 minutes.

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The Durham County Board of Elections and groups, including the NAACP, urged the state to extend voting time in the county after technical difficulties created long lines at some polling locations. As I wrote earlier:

An early report said that laptops used to confirm voter registrations had malfunctioned in all 57 precincts in Durham County, North Carolina—a Democratic-leaning county in a crucial swing states. Naturally, a countywide outage in such an important area raised eyebrows, but as the Washington Post reported, the problem was later determined to have been on a much smaller scale: “Board of Elections spokeswoman Briana Kahn said the board received reports from ‘five or six’ precincts where the laptops were malfunctioning and decided to switch to paper poll books throughout the county ‘as a precaution.’ ”

The Associated Press says “the state board voted 3–2 on Tuesday to keep two Durham precincts open for an hour and six other precincts open a shorter amount of time.” Durham County is heavily Democratic.

According to the Los Angeles Times, voting hours for Dover, New Hampshire, were also extended until 8 p.m. EST, after “an email was sent to about 250 residents with the wrong information about the poll closing time.”

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