- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Days before the primary, North Carolina is getting visited by the nation’s homeland security chief to talk about election security this year.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf planned a visit to Charlotte to meet on Thursday with local and state election officials.

The State Board of Elections said Wolf was to tour a Mecklenburg County elections warehouse before a news conference with state elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell and Mecklenburg director Michael Dickerson.

Election security is getting renewed attention as this year’s election approaches and with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race. The nation’s intelligence chiefs warn that Russia, Iran, China and North Korea remain threats to interfere.

North Carolina voters on Tuesday will choose party nominees for scores of statewide, federal and legislative positions.

Separately, some counties are using new voting or tabulation machines after their old touchscreen machines are no longer approved for use.

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