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Machine error in Oak Island means no paper trail for some votes  (NC)

Shelby Sebens    Wilmington Star-News   28 October 2008

An unknown number of votes cast at the Oak Island early voting site will not have an immediate paper trail because of an error in loading the paper into voting machines.
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A poll worker at the Oak Island Recreation Center voting location put the paper in backward, causing it not to print votes cast on a majority of the polling machines.

After the error was discovered, election officials checked the totals and determined all the votes had been registered electronically, and the printer error has been fixed, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said Tuesday.

He added a paper record of the votes can be recovered after the election.

Charles Fillah and his wife were casting their votes Monday evening when they noticed the printer was not working.

Fillah said his wife notified poll workers. “Their response was pretty slow,” he said.

But Bellamy said polling officials promptly fixed the problem.

Bellamy did not know how long the machines were not printing, but he said it could not have been long because officials check them periodically.

He said such problems are rare but they do happen. Bellamy said he has not had any other reports of problems at polls in Brunswick County.

Early voting ends Saturday.

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