Straight Party Tickets Confuse NC Voters

Oct 29, 2008

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina uses machines made by Election Systems and Software.

Certain models were banned in Colorado last year because they misread or skipped ballots.

But New Hanover and Pender county election officials say the machines are accurate.

Pender County's Board of Elections Director Dennis Boyle says the problem so far has been straight party voting.

"Instructions are well-printed, but nobody reads them. We even tell people that a straight-party ticket doesn't vote for president or nonpartisan or other issues. But it's been that way for years it's hard to educate people."

North Carolina requires straight party voters to cast a separate vote for president.

The ballot has instructions and voters are reminded at the polls, but the confusion has prevented some people from casting their vote for president.

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