The Sun Journal reported: A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended. Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff. They pushed it twice and the same thing happened, Laughinghouse said. That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted. M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired. Chuck Tyson, chairman of Craven County GOP, remains skeptical. He has been communicating with Wood about the issue and was invited to a meeting Wednesday with state elections officials. There were no further details about that meeting. Something is not right here, Tyson told the Sun Journal. He said he got two or three calls from people describing the same problem while they were voting. Ill be matter of fact, I didnt find that press release satisfactory, Tyson said, referring to Woods written statement. Tyson reported other problems as well, including long lines waiting for just two voting machines in Havelock, and machines reporting 250 ballots cast where 400 voters had signed in to vote.