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"No action taken" on Bishop request for extended voting time in Union County

NC GOP and the Dan Bishop campaign said there was "government-caused voter confusion" in Union County District 30. They wanted the polls kept open later.

MONROE, N.C. — "No action" was taken on a request by the North Carolina Republican Party and  Republican Dan Bishop campaign to extend voting for North Carolina Congressional District 9 in one Union County, North Carolina polling location, a North Carolina State  Board of Education spokesperson tells WCNC NBC Charlotte. The NC GOP and the Bishop campaign requested extra time citing "government-caused voter confusion."

"When we learned nearly one-in-five voters were showing up to the wrong voting location in Precinct 30, it was clear we had no other course of action," North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Jonathan Sink said in a released statement. "We urge the State Board to do the right thing and ensure voters of every political persuasion in Precinct 30 have their votes counted."

The motion filed claimed the Union County website had "inaccurate" information that lead to "general confusion about the polling place location."

The campaign cites a map, which showed the former voting location of Grace United Methodist Church. The current location is Cornerstone Community Church.

Credit: NC GOP
A map published by Union County, North Carolina marked with a red circle by the NC GOP and Dan Bishop campaign. The circle is intended to show the source for alleged voter confusion by inaccurately showing the voting location for precinct 30.

Precinct 30 is located north of Monroe roughly between Seacrest Short Cut Road, Highway 74, and Myers Road.

The filed motion also included a photo of a sign, which was placed at the old location to redirect voters to the new location.

Credit: NCGOP
This image, attached to a motion filed by the NC GOP and the Dan Bishop campaign, shows a sign in Union County Precinct #30. The sign directs voters to a new voting location. The republicans are asking for an extension in voting hours because of voter confusion.

The North Carolina Board of Elections held an emergency meeting to review the request. On the call, a spokesperson for the democratic candidate Dan McCready's campaign opposed the request. The spokesperson said that despite the map, other efforts were previously taken to inform voters of the new location. They argued there was no disruption to voting at the intended voting location.

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Shortly before 8 p.m., the state spokesperson confirmed the board had taken "no action" on the request.

The republican party had requested the precinct be kept open until 9:15 p.m. Polls were otherwise scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m.

Voting at a polling location in Mint Hill was extended by 25 minutes because of a gas leak at the location Tuesday evening.

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