Trump, Clinton campaigns stress early voting in NC amid complaints about voting machines


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — It’s now less than two weeks until Election Day and time is running out for the Trump and Clinton campaigns to make their cases to voters here in North Carolina and across the country.

Both campaigns are making a major effort to get a win in North Carolina, now considered one of the most important battleground states in the United States.

Today, Donald Trump will be back in North Carolina for events in the battleground state he needs to win in most electoral scenarios to become president. As he has at past events, Trump is expected to urge his supporters to get out and vote early – something that is getting some voters riled up after complaints about issues at the polls.

North Carolina’s elections board says it’s received a smattering of complaints about electronic voting machines getting things wrong, but nothing outside the norm for a presidential election year.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections said, as with any other election, authorities have verified the machines are functioning and that the touch screen devices are tested.

State Board of Elections spokesman Pat Gannon said Tuesday the complaints involve touch-screen machines used for early voting in less than a third of the state’s 100 counties and by even fewer on election day.

Still, there are some voters who aren’t convinced enough is being done and they’re worried their vote is not being counted properly.

State election officials released a statement trying to reassure voters that they take any issue seriously and want to address them immediately. They are reminding voters to always carefully review their selections before casting a ballot and to immediately report any issues that they see.

The North Carolina NAACP had reports from five counties that the machines wrongly identified a voter’s choice, but the voters were able to correct their ballots before casting them. The organization said it happened in Cumberland, New Hanover, Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Catawba counties.

Cumberland County elections director Terri Robertson said five people told her machines initially displayed a wrong vote, but all corrected their ballots after reviewing them.

Despite the issues, which are not believed to be widespread, both campaigns are encouraging their supporters to vote early.

Hillary Clinton is expected back in North Carolina on Thursday to campaign with help from first lady Michelle Obama at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. They will stress the important role North Carolina has played and will play in this election cycle, campaign officials said. The rally is expected to get underway at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Analysts expect 46 million people to vote early and that could amount to 40 percent of all the votes. It’s why Democrats and Republicans alike are pushing their voters to head to the polls and get there now.

Trump is scheduled to speak inside a downtown Charlotte theater late Wednesday afternoon and hold a rally at the Kinston Jet Center at night. Trump has visited North Carolina regularly since accepting the nomination in July. Running Mike Pence also has been a frequent visitor to the state, including earlier this week.

Former President Bill Clinton and ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean also are holding events in North Carolina on the Democratic nominee’s behalf Wednesday.

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