Last updated: May 08. 2014 8:42PM - 596 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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Election returns from Tuesday’s primary were stymied by multiple glitches with the North Carolina Board of Elections web site.

The website hiccup began shortly after polls closed at 7:30 p.m., according to state officials.

In some cases, the first results posted on the state’s web site showed that all precincts were in, even though the first returns were only for early voting and absentee ballots. In other cases, complete tallies had vanished from the Web site.

At one point on Tuesday night, Yadkin County’s Board of Elections page went completely offline.

Tuesday night calls to the Yadkin County Board of Elections office questioning the mishap resulted in an employee saying, “I give up. I don’t know what’s happening here. I’m plugging in the numbers and nothing is happening. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Multiple counties around the state were experiencing the same problem.

Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections, said the initial display of precincts reporting on the board’s website incorrectly included numbers for absentee ballots, causing the number of precincts reported to be inflated.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach said late Tuesday she regretted that the errors caused frustration for voters and county boards of elections. Strach stressed that the underlying vote totals reported were accurate.

After using a vendor for years to maintain its website, the elections board recently moved the responsibilities for programming the site into the agency. Tuesday’s primaries were the first election using that new system.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz

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