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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is two weeks away, but many voters did not wait that long. Some have already voted early, and some of those people say they had problems at the polls.

We’ve seen problems in elections before, but now it’s reaching a boiling point with some voters. Some New Hanover County voters have complained about voting machines not registering their votes correctly. One voter, who did not want to go on camera, told us he raised his hand for help, but it never came.

New Hanover County Elections Director Bonnie Williams says everything is under control. She would not talk with us on camera, but she said the media are “beating a dead horse.” She pins the blame on the media coverage of voting problems for why people are thinking negatively.

“I thought the media just reported what they see,” voter Charles Washington said. “I mean, they don’t control the polls do they?”

Some voters are concerned about this issue because they feel like the integrity of the election is at risk.

“Quite certainly, yeah, I would be concerned, because I just want my voice to be heard as to who I wanted to elect and people who I think are going to do a good job,” Washington said.

The last thing a candidate wants on election night is to lose a race over an issue like this.

“Certainly if it’s determined that there is a problem, I would be concerned about the integrity of the election,” said Robin Wicks Robinson, who is running for district court judge in New Hanover County. “It’s my understanding after having spoken to the Board of Elections officials that it appeared to be voter error, and they have double checked all of the machines.”

Both candidates and voters hope that this is an issue that can just be put to bed. Williams told us last week there were some calibration issues with the touch-screen machines. She said those problems were quickly fixed.

It looks like some candidates may be spreading the concern. Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano sent a message to supporters yesterday claiming a glitch caused machines to count votes cast for him for incumbent Mike McIntyre instead.

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  • Guest

    I voted – no problems. It is easy to use the machine (hadn’t done so before) and it insisted that I check over my choices before registering them.

  • Guest 2

    In 2008 Obama ran his campaign on change. People flooded to the voting booths because this man was going to change America and they couldn’t wait for him to be voted in and get into office. Bush was no where close to being a good President. He increased the size of our government. He increased the National Debt. Well, since Obama has been in office he has been able to accomplish the feat of running our debt up to what is equal to the amount of debt America had from 1776 until 1990. He and Pelosi were able to pass a healthcare bill, even though they stated in advance that in order to see what is in the bill we will have to pass it first, then we will tell you what is in it. My thoughts to this is: to everyone that stood behind this, I have legal documents I want you to sign, but in order for you to know what is in them you have to sign them first, then I will let you know the details of what you just signed.

    In this election I have a different plan. In the last election I voted against Obama and his democrats line of dog squeeze they called “change”. This time I AM voting for “change”. For a “change” from what we currently have in office now, from the bottom office to the top office. And a word to the Republicans. If you get elected and joust enough Democrats from office to have a majority, YOU BETTER DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME!!!! Not like what we had before Obama, and certainly not by following him and Pelosi. Remember this, we may be able to put you back in office, but we can also take you back out too if you don’t do it right this time!

  • Tom

    Voted myself and took my son for his first time voting, this afternoon. Did not have any problems. Right up front there is a direction that you’ll have a chance to review your vote before it is cast. Yeah, I changed, like, one race, but the machines worked fine, and I did not see any problems at all. Just read and follow …

  • Educated voter

    The arrogance spewing from this woman is unbearable. The media is Beating a Dead Horse??? YOU ARE A PUBLIC SERVANT!!! Shut up, stop blaming the media for covering your incompetence, and ease our concerns with REAL ANSWERS!!! We deserve a better than “Oh, everything is under control.” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!?!?! No clarification, no explanation, NO APOLOGY!!! If there was the least bit of transparency exercised by the our Elections Chief we, the voters, your boss by the way Miss Williams, might be a little more trusting. Can our county commissioners really not find somebody better to handle such an important task as running our election?

  • Guestvoter

    That woman saying it’s the medias fault should be fired.

    Thank you WWAY for bringing to our attention!

  • GuestVOTER

    Just another reason we need change-why does this seem to take place when in a party in power-the dems are in trouble? This should have been checked out sooner–JUST ANOTHER REASON FOR CHANGE


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