Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | 10:04 a.m.
Updated Friday, April 21, 2017 | 10:04 a.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An audit shows North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election, but that was not enough to change the outcome of any race.
The State Board of Elections report released Friday said the 508 cases represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million votes ballots cast.
The report didn't include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility. The vast majority were felons who didn't have their voting rights restored.
The board's executive director, Kim Strach, said in an interview that the number isn't acceptable but also stressed that it was only a fraction of total votes cast.
Statewide elections software will be updated this summer to improve electronic checks on felony status at the time of registration.