A group of conservative Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly wants access to voting machines to clear up what they call public concern over election integrity.

WUNC reports the North Carolina House Freedom Caucus wants to examine randomly selected machines used in last year's elections for signs of tampering. At a press conference Thursday, caucus Chairman Keith Kidwell said his aim is to address public concerns even though he's confident nothing would be found.

But state Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell says voting machines are carefully vetted, meet federal standards, and can't just be opened up for an examination. And extensive post-election audits show North Carolina elections are fair, secure, and reliable.

Bell says elected officials should emphasize that, "and not perpetuate misinformation or disinformation."

Kidwell says he'll reach out to Bell by letter again next week.

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