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Meck Board of Elections workers expect a long night

(Sharon Smith | WBTV) (Sharon Smith | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Dozens of workers started their day early at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections on the edge of uptown. Many of them stayed until after midnight.

By 11:34 p.m., results from four precincts were still outstanding.

During the day, calls consistently came in from voters with questions about their precinct and location. Some voters dropped off absentee ballots in person. Others raised issues about their polling site. Most matters were handled quickly and efficiently according to Director Michael Dickerson.

He said there were no major issues.

Crunch time began after 7:30. Results from every precinct were driven to county headquarters. The upper level parking lot was mostly cleared, so drivers could have easy access in and out. Runners took bags from the parking lot inside where results are downloaded onto their computers and then uploaded to the website.

“It looks like chaos, doesn’t it?” quipped Dickerson.

Turnout was on track to meet the 66-percent of registered voters in 2008 and 2012.

“We have full deployment of voting equipment. Everything I have in the warehouse is deployed,” said Dickerson earlier in the day. 

More than 1,900 voting machines fanned out across the county at 195 polling locations. He said the equipment held up well throughout the busy day.

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