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Tour aims to bolster public confidence in NC elections

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The Trusted Elections Tour is an effort by The Carter Center to inform voters in battleground states and counter baseless claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

With the 2022 midterms weeks away, elections officials, attorneys and cyber-security experts are striving to bolster public confidence in North Carolina's voting system.

Cumberland County Board of Elections member Linda Devore says widespread, individual voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

"We see isolated cases, we have isolated ballots that we may see as a problem," she explained.

But Devore, a Republican, says a robust post-election auditing process catches those random incidents.

Devore participated in a virtual town hall meeting Monday -- part of the Trusted Elections Tour, an effort by The Carter Center to inform voters in battleground states and counter baseless claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

The panelists also pointed to tamper-proof controls and extensive testing to dispel notions that the state's voting machinery is vulnerable to hacking.

The tour features panels of bipartisan elections board members, attorneys and cyber-security experts like Torry Crass, who's working with the state elections board.

Crass said the state's voting data systems and machinery are thoroughly tested and certified, and practically impregnable.

She said, "There's so many controls around those pieces of equipment."

The tour continues for another two weeks with in-person town hall meetings across the state.