North Carolina voters went to the polls in large numbers to vote for Amendment One on Tuesday but the primary elections were not without issues. Over the course of the day, voters called and emailed the News 2 Information Center about problems they experienced at the polls. Some voters tell us there were party and ballot mixups at some voting locations. In Forsyth County, for example, our news crews visited the Sedge Garden Recreational Center where a voter told us she asked for a Republican Ballot but was forced to vote unaffiliated. “They told me to go to the computer because I wasn’t registered as a Republican, I was registered as Unaffiliated. So, I said, ‘well, can I have a ballot?’ and they said no you need to go to the computer.'”
In primary elections, Unaffiliated voters can choose which ballots they desire. However, Sher says at the electronic voting machine, she was automatically prompted for the Unaffiliated ballot which had only two options to cast a vote: Amendment One and a county judge election.
Sher says when she asked why she couldn’t select her desired ballot, she was told to just vote. “And I’m thinking to myself, this is wrong, even the guy in front of me said the exact same thing: there’s only two choices listed. There’s a problem. It was mad-house, crazy, chaotic.,” Sher said. “When it’s chaotic and noone knows what they are doing, I said, I was better off just submitting a vote for something.”