Latest: Clinton wins NC Democratic primary

Posted March 15, 2016

8:15 p.m.: NBC News is projecting Hillary Clinton as the winner of North Carolina's Democratic presidential primary.

7:30 p.m.: Polls have closed across North Carolina, aside from one precinct each in Edgecombe and Cabarrus counties. Anyone in line as of now will still be allowed to vote.

7:10 p.m.: Cumberland County problems reported by the Fayetteville Observer and reports out of Durham about a polling place at North Carolina Central University being moved didn't rise to the level of needing action by the State Board of Elections.

6:55 p.m.: State Board of Elections votes to extend voting at an Edgecombe County precinct (school lockdown) and a Cabarrus County precinct (delayed opening) by 30 minutes.

The board declines to extend voting in Catawba County and Rowan County. Neither county board requested an extension.

6:30 p.m.: One hour until polls close. Go vote if you haven't already.

6:10 p.m.: Edgecombe County officials have asked the State Board of Elections to consider extending voting hours at the D.S. Johnson School, which was in lockdown from about 3:30 to 4 p.m. after students reported seeing someone with a gun. The state board is holding a 6:30 p.m. meeting to consider such requests.

6 p.m.: The Fayetteville Observer reports that scores of voters were turned away from Cliffdale Recreation Center after standing in line for up to an hour. Officials said they were at the wrong polling site, but voters complained they weren't informed of any change.

5:30 p.m.: Hotline to report voting problems has received more than 600 phone calls, with State Board of Elections spokeswoman Jackie Hyland compared to volumes seen during general elections. Officials had problems with one of the hotline numbers rolling over to the second, which caused delays for some people reporting problems, Hyland said.

4:30 p.m.: Presenting identification at the polls apparently hasn't been as much of an issue for voters as it has for poll workers. WRAL News has received some complaints from voters who said they were questioned about addresses on their IDs or even why a U.S. passport didn't have a voter's address.

"I found this very concerning that the State of NC will pass a law requiring IDs and yet have not taken the time to train the poll workers on the different types of IDs that are acceptable or even what they might look like," Jose Merza of Willow Spring wrote in an email.

4 p.m.: The State Board of Elections has called an emergency meeting for 6:30 p.m. to consider extending voting hours in Cumberland, Cabarrus, Catawba, Rowan and Haywood counties that saw delayed openings for various reasons.

2:45 p.m.: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chris Rey has been barnstorming the state since polls opened at 6:30 a.m., traveling from the Triangle to the Triad to Charlotte and back east to Richmond, Scotland and Robeson counties.

"If we aren’t reaching people and going where they are, then we are not going to be successful as a party come November," Rey said in a statement.

2:30 p.m.: Jill Herzog shared the photo below showing a long line of voters waiting to cast ballots in Clayton. Turnout as high as 49 percent has been reported at some area precincts

Primary Election

1 p.m.: After several hours of waiting, Hillary Clinton supporters finally got to meet the Democratic presidential candidate during a campaign stop at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School in the early afternoon.

"I think it's kind of cool that she's here," Dwanna King said. "I'm not necessarily saying that I'm voting for her, but for her to show up here with all of the things going on in this community, I think it's great."

Joseph Lovelace had his picture taken with Clinton.

"I never thought that I would get that close to the next president of the United States of America," Lovelace said.

12:20 p.m.: Scattered problems have been reported with voting, from machines not accepting ballots in Lumberton to a brief loss of lights at a north Raleigh polling site. But voting ran smoothly throughout the morning at most locations, with some reporting high turnout.

8:00 a.m.: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced she would return to the Triangle on Tuesday morning during the North Carolina primary election.

Clinton, who made a campaign stop in Durham last week, will visit with Triangle voters on Tuesday, campaign officials said. Due to security concerns, Clinton's campaign did not say exactly where the candidate would be.


North Carolinians are heading to the polls Tuesday for an earlier-than-normal primary.

In order to boost the state's prominence in presidential politics, North Carolina lawmakers moved the primary from early May to mid-March. The move seems to have worked, with presidential candidates making numerous stops across the state in the past week.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m.

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Voters also will consider a slew of state and local races, from a U.S. Senate seat and governor to county commissioners and school board members, on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. A proposal to sell $2 billion in bonds to finance construction at university and community college campuses statewide and upgrades at other state facilities also is up for approval.

Although congressional races will appear on the ballot, the results won't count. A June 7 primary has been scheduled for the 13 U.S. House races after federal judges forced state lawmakers to redraw voting districts, ruling that two of the districts were improperly drawn in 2011.

About 10.5 percent of the state's 6.47 million registered voters have already cast ballots during the recent 10-day early voting period.

The primary marks the first time voters are required to present photo identification at the polls. According to the State Board of Elections, acceptable forms of ID include the following:

  • A driver's license issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, including a learner's permit or a provisional license. IDs that are up to four years out of date may still be used.
  • A current passport issued by the United States
  • A veteran's ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A veteran's card with an expiration date must be unexpired. Those without an expiration date are also acceptable.
  • A United States military ID card issued by the Department of Defense
  • A tribal ID card for a federally recognized tribe or a tribal ID card for a state-recognized tribe approved by the State Board of Elections
  • A driver's license or identification card issued by another state or the District of Columbia. In order to use this card, the voter must have registered to vote within 90 days of an election.

There are exceptions to the voter ID requirement, most prominently a feature that allows voters to declare they had a "reasonable impediment" to obtaining a photo ID.

Reasonable impediments include things such as not being able to get to the DMV to obtain an ID card or the inability to get off work during DMV hours. Those who vote citing a reasonable impediment will cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are counted during the canvass in the week following the election.

Tuesday also is the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots. Ballots postmarked on or before Tuesday will be accepted through Friday, although ballots from military and overseas voters have until next Monday to get to a county board of elections office.


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  • Sheila Rohrbach Mar 15, 2016
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    interesting picture

  • Kioko Fulgarion Mar 15, 2016
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    If you can't be original in a fight, you already lost.

  • Fanny Chmelar Mar 15, 2016
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    Okay. You have the right to disregard my comments and speak for everyone else. While blaming it on the FB account I use. It's a free country, dear!

    Care to comment regarding the people here who saw voting irregularities? I've been because I take all positions and opinions into account.

  • David McCabe Mar 15, 2016
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    Whatever you say Yashi, at the end of the day you are just lying to yourself. I don't know if you have noticed but most everyone on here has pretty much figured your shtick out, despite you hiding your identity behind a throwaway facebook account. I think it's a pretty simple statement about how you don't really believe the statements you make since you won't use your actual identity...

  • Ryan Walsh Mar 15, 2016
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    I can't even talk to a banker without showing my ID and giving them multiple forms of proof, this law is smart and common sense.

  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 15, 2016
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    I would argue that anyone voting for Trump isn't intellectually OR ethically OR morally developed enough to vote.

  • Kioko Fulgarion Mar 15, 2016
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    17 year olds shouldn't really be allowed to vote, their minds aren't developed enough to make radical decisions based on intellectual thought anyway.

    Thanks a lot Bernie...

  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 15, 2016
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    My 17yo had no issues with the ID, but despite registering to vote when she got her driver's license last summer, she was not registered. A few weeks after getting her license, she received a letter from the Board of Elections stating that she was underage, and that she had to be 18 by the date of the next general election. She will be 18 in August, and thus 18 by the general election in November. The DOB listed was correct, thus someone didn't know how to add. She voted on a provisional ballot, but I wonder how many others are denied the ability to vote because of DMV/BOE screw-ups? Is it youth disenfranchisement, or just complete incompetence? I don'r know, and I don't want to believe there is a conspiracy involved, but with our current legislature and its antics over the last few years, I wouldn't put it past them to influence the procedures.

  • Dmitry Suemeov Mar 15, 2016
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    I showed my ID, got a ballot, and voted with no issues..................... On to November!!!!!

  • Sam Adams Mar 15, 2016
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    I was just really surprised more than anything. I assumed it would be a point of emphasis, but apparently not at the location where I vote.