State Board of Elections hosts emergency meeting to discuss Durham vote

Posted November 27, 2016

Voters cast ballots at the Wake County Commons Building in the North Carolina primary on March 15, 2015. (Photo by Jamie Munden)

— The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced that an emergency meeting will be held Sunday afternoon via teleconference.

The meeting comes after Republicans asked state officials for closer scrutiny of thousands of Durham County ballots in the close governor's contest.

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign announced Saturday that GOP lawyer Thomas Stark asked the State Board of Elections to require a recount because of questions about 90,000 or so Durham County ballots.

His appeal says there are questions about how those ballots were tallied because of a computer problem at several voting sites.

Durham County's Republican-controlled local elections board already rejected a protest over those ballots. Stark also asks the state to consider issues related to provisional ballots and people who voted through same-day registration in the heavily Democratic county.

The McCrory campaign says if Durham County has a recount and its results are the same, the campaign will be prepared to drop its statewide recount request.

Campaign manager Russell Peck says in a news release that a Durham recount would allow everyone to "move towards a conclusion of this process."

Democrat Roy Cooper leads McCrory by about 7,700 votes, according to unofficial statewide results. About 20 counties have yet to finish counting votes.

Interested members of the public can listen to the 12:30 p.m. meeting by dialing 213-929-4212 and using code 696-443-050.


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  • Sheryl Caps Nov 27, 2016
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    About 20 counties have yet to finish counting votes. Huh? What? 19 days and still counting. Unbelievable that NC is so far behind in voter technology. Pat before you leave office, get my tax money back from your good ole boys pockets. Get the great citizens of NC some up to date voting equipment.

  • Jim Bob Johnson Nov 27, 2016
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    For the love of all that is holy, please let these people grant the Durham recount so McCrory will drop the statewide recount and accept the fact he lost fair & square. His ridiculous games (and refusal to accept the fact that people like him even less than Trump) have gone on long enough. I'm sorry if he mistakenly got his hopes up too early and thought he'd won, but that's his bad. Ballots take time to count; it doesn't mean they're fraudulent.

    As if his legacy wasn't already bad enough, I have to also think he's missing the fact this dragged out mess has made him an even bigger laughingstock. I honestly didn't think that was possible. I stand corrected.