The Forsyth County Board of Elections voted to dismiss a protest filed over the midterm elections this month.

The five-member board heard a protest from a group of Republicans over concerns about what happened Election Night when poll workers had trouble shutting down voting machines.

At issue is a code that was sent to all polling precincts to allow them to turn off the machines and tabulate the results. The code should not have been required and also gave the workers access to some administrative functions.

Board member Catherine Jourdan said there was no evidence that the glitch led to any change in the vote or the outcome of any races.

“I don’t see anything in the protest that the manner in which the votes were counted or results were tabulated has a problem,” she said.

The vote to dismiss was 3 to 2. Greg Haver, an attorney for the protesters, said the group would get together to decide whether to appeal the board’s decision to the State Board of Elections.


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