CHARLOTTE, NC – Election officials in North Carolina on Tuesday decided to extend voting in four counties beyond the scheduled 7:30 p.m. time frame. Completion of the polls, which will delay the publication of the state’s results.
Officials stressed that the extension, which they said would last less than an hour, was a relatively routine occurrence. The North Carolina State Board of Elections said in a statement that “it is not uncommon for minor problems at polling stations that result in a brief pause in voting”.
The expansions were limited to the four locations of more than 2,600 states, the longest of which will take 45 minutes. The State Board of Elections made the decision during an emergency meeting.
In Cabarrus County, outside of Charlotte, the board extended the voting at the First Baptist Missionary Church in Concord by 17 minutes. In Guilford County, where Greensboro is the county seat, a 34-minute extension was ordered at an elementary school. In Sampson County outside of Fayetteville, where two counties opened late, the voting was extended by 24 minutes and 45 minutes respectively.