The Latest: Postal service supervisor votes Democratic

Published 11-06-2018

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the general election in North Carolina (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service said he did something he doesn't normally do and voted a straight Democratic ticket in North Carolina.

"It's so far out of hand now, that was my best play," said Calvin Lockhart, 37, of Raleigh.

Lockhart said he voted for all Democrats "to try to reverse the tables. I would prefer that it be primarily bipartisan. It should be even so they have to get the other side. Since it doesn't work that way, you have to play within the system. . . . To me, it shouldn't tilt left or right, it should be teamwork."

He said he wasn't voting on any particular issues but mainly on the issue that no Republicans will stand up to Trump "even though he's not going right." He said with Trump in office, "the Republicans are scared to speak up on issues they were vocal about before. And now they're silent."

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12 p.m.

North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can't be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a news release Tuesday that it received reports that ballots can't be fed thr

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12 p.m.

North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can't be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a news release Tuesday that it received reports that ballots can't be fed through tabulators in some precincts in Wake County and elsewhere. Officials say such ballots are stored securely in "emergency bins" and will be tabulated as soon as possible.

Officials also announced the state board will meet Tuesday afternoon to consider the Columbus County Board of Elections' request to extend voting hours at a precinct where workers didn't have the correct ballot when polls opened.

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12:30 a.m.

North Carolina voters are deciding whether Gov. Roy Cooper and his Democratic colleagues will gain influence in the current Republican-dominated legislature, and if GOP policy proposals should b

North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can't be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a news release Tuesday that it received reports that ballots can't be fed through tabulators in some precincts in Wake County and elsewhere. Officials say such ballots are stored securely in "emergency bins" and will be tabulated as soon as possible.

Officials also announced the state board will meet Tuesday afternoon to consider the Columbus County Board of Elections' request to extend voting hours at a precinct where workers didn't have the correct ballot when polls opened.

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12:30 a.m.

North Carolina voters are deciding whether Gov. Roy Cooper and his Democratic colleagues will gain influence in the current Republican-dominated legislature, and if GOP policy proposals should be etched in the state constitution.

All 170 General Assembly seats are up for election Tuesday. Democrats needed to win four additional House seats or six more Senate seats to end the Republicans' veto-proof control. That's allowed Republicans to pass legislation at will, in particular those eroding Cooper's powers the past two years.

Voters also are choosing seats for the U.S. House, county offices and for state courts, including one on the state Supreme Court. There are six constitutional amendments on the ballot.

A record number of voters cast early in-person ballots for a midterm, despite there being no major statewide race.

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