Officials extend voting hours in NC county

Officials extend voting hours in NC county
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Election officials in Durham County, N.C., moved to extend voting hours in eight precincts after an emergency meeting on election night.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced shortly after 7 p.m. that it had voted to extend voting times in the eight Durham precincts, ranging from 20 to 60 minutes depending on how long they were delayed.


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE’s campaign had called on officials to extend the voting hours after delays were reported.

"The Durham County Board of Elections — made up of two Republicans and one Democrat — has agreed that voting hours must be extended due to technical problems that occurred earlier today,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.

“We are urging the North Carolina Board of Elections to heed this bipartisan call and approve this urgent measure so that every voter can have their voice heard," he added.

Since there were limited early voting sites in the county, Mook said the state needs to ensure that voters have equal access to the ballot box.

Polls in the battleground state were set to close at 7:30 p.m.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice reportedly filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court on behalf of Democracy North Carolina to extend the voting hours by 90 minutes in Durham County after computer problems forced election officials to rely on a paper check-in process.

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP said glitches in check-in software caused longer-than-expected wait times at polling places, according to CNN, which noted that 37 percent of registered voters in Durham are black.

North Carolina's State Board of Elections were expected to hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. to consider requests from Durham and other counties to extend voting hours, The Associated Press reported.

Election officials also extended hours in Dover, N.H. after the city sent an email with incorrect information about the voting schedule to about 250 people.

A judge ruled late Tuesday that the Democratic-leaning city would remain open for an extra hour, according to the Boston Globe. Polls will now close at 8 p.m., instead of 7 p.m.

New Hampshire Democrats filed a motion Tuesday to extend the voting hours, while a state attorney told the judge that the polls should not remain open. 

This story was last updated at 7:48 p.m.

Sarah Ferris contributed.