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Students experience voting difficulties

7 p.m. UPDATE — Board of Elections Chairman Pete Gillooly has advised students who have trouble voting on Student Central to fill out a paper ballot at the BOE's office.

Gillooly and The Daily Tar Heel have received numerous reports of students being provided with incorrect information on ballots, giving them the option to vote for categories that are not applicable to their correct year or residence.

"There are paper ballots available on the BOE office door (in Student Union room 2500)," he said. "Just put it under the door."

There are a limited number of paper ballots provided. Students have to fill out their name and PID on the ballot, but it's not clear how the BOE will verify the ballots. The form also does not specify which Congress districts correspond to which areas on campus.

12:05 p.m. — Some students have reported errors in their voting information when they try to vote online this morning.

In some cases, seniors are being listed as juniors on the online ballot, and being allowed to vote for senior class president. Only juniors are permitted to cast votes for that office.

Other undergraduates are being classified as graduate students, and being allowed to vote for Congress representatives in graduate student districts 8, 9 and 10.

Pete Gillooly, the chairman of the Board of Elections, said he has received reports of this problem and has filed a complaint with Information Technology Services, who is responsible for the student information listed on Student Central, but does not plan to take further action.

"It's out of my control," he said. "I have nothing to do with it."

Gillooly said he does not anticipate having to invalidate the results of the election because he said the problem does not seem widespread. He said students should only vote for the categories they are eligible for.

"Don't vote for anything you're not a part of," he said.

If you are having problems with voting, please let us know. E-mail the University desk at

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