One would think that after chaos erupted from the 2000 election officials would have made voting procedures easier and more efficient before contests reached their climax last week.
But that has turned out not to be entirely the case, and some North Carolinian candidates and constituents alike are continuing to feel the consequences.
It's too bad that they are having to wait so long before any final result comes along, and it seems as if more could have been done to avoid such uncertainty.
According to The Associated Press, the races for two Council of State offices are close enough to be subject to a recount.
Candidates and officials have fallen into even deeper confusion because of a voting machine-related breakdown. In Carteret County, an electronic touch-screen system's storage capacity was exceeded, and about 4,500 early ballots were lost permanently.