Suspect steals coin machine from Cumberland County voting site, officials say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – An early voting site in Cumberland County was broken into early Wednesday morning, county officials confirmed.

A person can be seen on surveillance video breaking into East Regional Branch Library.

The library is one of 10 one-stop voting sites in Cumberland County.

Officials said a coin machine from the library was taken.

Board of Elections Director Terri Robertson said voting equipment and materials were not tampered with during the incident.

Doors and windows library’s activity room, where the voting equipment was located, were shattered and broken.

“There was no evidence that anything in the one-stop area had been tampered with,” Robertson said. “There were two electronic voting machines that fell down, but this appeared to be when the person tripped over the cords.”

Officials said Board of Elections computers that contain voters’ data are locked in a cage nightly.

“We assure our voters that there was no breach in the voting system. This video evidence shows this person was after a coin machine only,” Robertson said.

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