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Software, programming issues slow election night results

ELIZABETHTOWN – A software and programming issue was to blame for the delay in election results being posted on Tuesday night.

Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said on Wednesday that there was a glitch with programming and software at the State Board of Elections office that lead to a delay in results being posted.

“I was able to get the One Stop and mail absentee loaded,” said Shaw.

She said as she began to upload the results from the various precincts was when the issue occurred with the state. Shaw said she noticed that voting totals seemed to be lagging in updating, so she called the State Board of Elections office to determine what the issue was and how to correct it.

“They had to make some adjustments on their end and it took a while for them to do that,” said Shaw.

She said the final update was made at about 9:30 p.m.

Once the state made the necessary adjustments on their end, Shaw said she made another attempt at uploading the precinct data and it went smoothly.

“The new voting equipment was not the issue. The new voting equipment worked great,” said Shaw.

She explained that sometimes the updates to voting totals can be stalled because of so much data coming into the state office at the same time. Shaw said that on Election night all 100 counties are attempting to send in results at relatively the same time.

Shaw said the vote canvass is set for Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown.

Shaw said there are about five provisional votes that remain to be verified.

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