Complaints of voting machine issues arise in Cumberland County

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The NAACP said it has received complaints about voting machines in at least five North Carolina counties, including Cumberland.

The widespread complaints include voting machines malfunctioning, not selecting the voters choice.

Former Fayetteville City Council member Robert Massey said it took four attempts for a voting machine to recognize his choice for senate.

“I pushed the person who I wanted for the senate and it went immediately to the independent. I did not or had not pushed the independent,” Massey said.

Jimmy Buxton encourages residents to take their time when voting
Jimmy Buxton encourages residents to take their time when voting

Massey said he cleared out the ballot and pushed his choice again, only to have the independent candidate be selected.

More than 23,000 people have participated in early voting in Cumberland County since Oct. 20.

Board of Elections Director Terri Robertson said she’s received at least seven complaints involving electronic voting machines

“It could be a long finger nail, a voter putting their finger on there flat instead of using the tip of their finger,” Robertson said.

Robertson also said sometimes the machines need to be re-calibrated.

Local NACCP President Jimmy Buxton encourages residents to take their time when voting and once you get to the “review screen,” make sure you see the candidate’s name you selected.

“If you don’t pay attention to your screen, then you have made a mistake that you won’t know about,” Buxton said.

Voters are also encouraged to report any issues to the Board of Elections.

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