Election board head issues apology over error with new statewide system

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The head of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) has issued an apology after issues with a new system caused some confusion on primary night across the state, with a heavy emphasis in Mecklenburg County.

The NCSBE website showed all 195 precincts reporting results at 8:12 p.m., just 40 minutes after the polls closed in North Carolina.

The numbers only reflected a little over two-percent of voters coming out to vote in the primary with 14,675 ballots cast.

Those were the same numbers reported by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections for early voting statistics, including absentee mail ballots.

Michael Dickerson, Director of Elections, told WBTV that the new system with the state was having problems which was affecting the Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

"We regret that initial display errors caused frustration for our voters and our county boards of elections," said Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach early Wednesday morning.

"The State Board takes seriously its responsibility to report accurate and timely results.  Our dedicated staff worked throughout the evening to resolve these issues. This agency is committed to the continued improvement of our website."

Results started to change around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday night.

All precincts were reported around 10:55 p.m. with the same numbers as reported by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

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