Voting machines not affected in break-in at Fayetteville polling site
Posted November 2, 2016
Updated November 4, 2016
Fayetteville, N.C. — No voting materials were tampered with when a person broke into a one-stop voting location in Fayetteville early Wednesday morning.
Authorities said a person was caught on camera breaking into the East Regional Branch Library, which serves as one of 10 one-stop voting sites in Cumberland County, and taking a coin machine. Security footage shows the person entered through a window and exited the polling area through a door that leads to the lobby and main library area, where the coin machine was.
Board of Elections Director Terri Robertson said a window in the library’s activity room, which serves as the polling room, was broken and the door leading from the room to the lobby was shattered.
Voting equipment and materials were not tampered with during the incident, according to Robertson.
“There was no evidence that anything in the one-stop area had been tampered with,” Robertson said. “There were two electronic voting machines that fell down, but this appeared to be when the person tripped over the cords.”
Board of Elections computers that contain voter data and election supplies are secured in a locked cage nightly. Elections officials said seals placed on machines and a laptop used to complete the site’s closing on Tuesday were still intact following the break-in. Ballots recorded on the machines matched the number recorded Tuesday night, Robertson said.
Members of the Cumberland County Board of Elections and director of the State Board of Elections, Kim Stratch, were all notified of the incident.
“We assure our voters that there was no breach in the voting system. The video evidence shows this person was after the coin machine only,” Robertson said.