CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Election officials in North Carolina decided on Tuesday to extend voting at four precincts beyond the scheduled 7:30 p.m. close of the polls, which will delay the release of the state’s results.
Officials stressed that the extension, which they said would be for less than an hour, was a relatively routine occurrence. The North Carolina State Board of Elections said in a statement that it was “ not unusual for minor issues to occur at polling sites that result in a brief disruption of voting.”
The extensions were limited to the four sites, out of more than 2,600 statewide, the longest of which will last for 45 minutes. The State Board of Elections made the decision during an emergency meeting.
In Cabarrus County, outside of Charlotte, the board extended voting by 17 minutes at First Baptist Missionary Church in Concord. In Guilford County, where Greensboro is the county seat, it ordered a 34-minute extension at one elementary school. In Sampson County, outside Fayetteville, where two precincts opened late, voting was extended by 24 minutes at one, and 45 minutes at the other.