From an editorial Wednesday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:
With the polls closed and several high-profile verdicts pending in Tuesdays primary, State Board of Elections computers used an old cinematic device to build suspense: slow motion.
Watching the returns come in was like a watching the hour hand move on a clock, only not quite as fast. State officials say a programming error had stalled the pace to a crawl. At one point, the critical tally of how many precincts had reported suddenly vanished.
This latest state IT screw-up adds to a growing list:
• NC FAST software glitches delayed food stamps benefits.
• NCTracks software glitches stalled Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers.
• N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles computers lost track of thousands of vehicle inspection reports.
Now this. We regret that initial display errors caused frustration for our voters and our county boards of elections, said State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach in an email Wednesday. The State Board takes seriously its responsibility to report accurate and timely results.
The elections board had moved the management of its website in-house from an outside vendor and picked Tuesday to try the new system for the first time. Very bad idea.
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