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North Carolina Weighs Whether to Keep Durham County Polls Open Later

Computer problems are wreaking havoc in North Carolina, a critical swing state, triggering long lines and snarls in several parts of the state. Delays in checking in voters and shortages of paper ballots in pivotal Durham County have prompted election officials to consider whether to keep polls open an extra hour and a half.

Electionland partners The Charlotte Observer and Scalawag Magazine have the details.

Update, 7:35 ET: The North Carolina State Board of elections voted to extend voting in eight precincts in Durham County after complaints of excessive wait times. While the Durham County Board of Elections voted to extend voting by two hours, the longest extension the state board granted was one hour.

Two polling places, Bethesda Ruritan Club and Cole Mill Church, will be open until 8:30 p.m. Glenn Elementary School and Creekside Elementary were extended by 45 minutes; Forest Hills Club House and Greater Emmanuel Temple by 30 minutes; McMannen United Methodist by 25 minutes; and Neal Middle School by 20 minutes.

A judge denied a request to extend voting hours in the entire county by 90 minutes.

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