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Local, State Officials Disagree With Findings of Elections Report

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RALEIGH — State and county elections officials are disputing a report that says several votes in North Carolina's First Congressional District went uncounted in the 2000 presidential election.

The study says nearly six percent of votes in the First Congressional District went uncounted. It blames old-style voting equipment such as punch-card ballots for part of the problem.

U.S. Representative represents the First District. She says state officials and voters should be alarmed.

The study released Monday was prompted in part by Vice President Al Gore's loss to George W. Bush. It examined the results of last year's election in 40 congressional districts. The First Congressional District was the only one reviewed in North Carolina.

The study examined 179,000-320 ballots in that district and found that voting equipment did not tally a presidential choice on 10,000-192 ballots, or five-point-seven percent.

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