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NC Board of Elections Votes Not To Mandate Hand-Marked Paper Ballots

Clipart of a ballot box

The North Carolina Board of Elections will not force counties to use hand-marked paper ballots in upcoming elections. The new board chair Damon Circosta split from his fellow Democrats in a vote Friday to side with two Republicans on the board.

Circosta is the executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and had a previous stint on the NC Board of Elections as an unaffiliated voter. He is now a registered Democrat. Election security advocates say electronic-only voting systems leave the state vulnerable to potential hacking.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with WRAL statehouse reporter Travis Fain about the board’s vote and about a bill to tighten the rules around absentee ballots in North Carolina in an effort to prevent election fraud. Note: WUNC receives grant money from the A.J. Fletcher foundation.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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