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Uncounted ballots could change Scotland Neck mayoral race

Posted March 18, 2010

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— More than three dozen provisional ballots yet to be counted could change the unofficial results of Scotland Neck's mayoral race.

Challenger Raymond Watson led incumbent James Mills 448-434 Tuesday evening, but 39 provisional ballots have not yet been counted, according to the Halifax County Board of Elections.

Election board staff will count them next Tuesday.

There are 1,733 registered voters in Scotland Neck.

This week's election was the second between the candidates.

Mills won the first election in November by one vote, but the results were thrown out after both men claimed that provisional ballots were accepted from voters who didn't live in the town. The State Board of Elections ordered the second election.


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  • Pulling for the Tarheels Mar 18, 2010

    "Provisional Voters" may be those who went to the wrong polling place and didn't want to travel to their correct location OR someone who registered when they got their drivers license but the information didn't get to the elections office - most Provisionals are legitimate voters. If they are legitimate, their vote is counted - if no record is found, their vote is not.

  • If the shoe fits.... Mar 18, 2010

    Assuming a board will verify that these provisional voters DO live in Scotland Neck? What are "provisional" voters anyway? How can anyone deemed "provisional" have the right to vote?
    Sounds like people who don't take their civic duty seriously ("provisional voters") are having their arms twisted to get out and vote for the candidate choice of whoever is doing the arm twisting - or providing the ride to the polls.