Roy Cooper gains votes after Pitt County counts late absentee, most provisional votes

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - As the heavily contested governor's race continues, counties all across the east are finalizing or making plans to continue their voter canvass.

That includes Pitt County, one of the 50 counties where the McCrory campaign said they would file a protest.

Friday, hands were busy shuffling through the ballots and some members of the community say they wanted to exercise their right to watch.

"There's never been an election like this in my lifetime," explains Beth Capillary, a Pitt County resident. "I doubt there will ever be another one. The most historic election cycle we've ever seen for several reasons."

As elections officials stay busy counting ballots, they say this election is quite different for them too.

"This election cycle hasn't been normal," agreed Mark Stewart, the secretary for the county's board of elections. "There's been a lot of lawsuits and there's been a lot of judges telling us what we should and shouldn't do and when we can and cannot do it."

After Friday's voter canvass of late absentee and provisional ballots in Pitt County, the results show that Democratic candidate Attorney General Roy Cooper picked up 307 more votes than Governor Pat McCrory.

However, the Pitt County Board of Elections say margin of difference could increase or decrease based on several registrations through the DMV.

"We're only waiting on 69 votes that the DMV would've registered these voters," Stewart says. "And we're waiting on a federal court to tell us whether we can count them or not."

In the mean time, Pitt County Board of Elections says they have received no complaints of voter fraud from the McCrory campaign, even though Pitt County was one of the 50 counties McCrory said he planned on filing a complaint in.

The board of elections says, while its been a long process, and will continue to be, it's all a part of our democratic process.

Pitt County Board of Elections say that they hope to hear early next week from the state as to if and how many of those 69 DMV ballots will count.

They also say that Governor McCrory had until 11 a.m. Friday to file a complaint of voter fraud, but the McCrory campaign has until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to file other state-recognized protests.

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Roy Cooper appears to have increased his lead in the close race for governor.

Pitt County election officials counted late absentee and most provisional ballots today, with the attorney general picking up 307 more votes over Governor Pat McCrory.

The State Board of Elections now says unofficial statewide results show Cooper with 6,600 more votes than McCrory. On election night, the difference was 4,879.

McCrory's campaign said it had filed election complaints in 50 of the state's 100 counties. Today, several of those counties tossed out the complaints, while Pitt County said it never received any such complaint.

County election boards were supposed to canvass and finalize results by 11 a.m. today, but state elections officials said they don't expect it to get done on time and have given no deadline for when it might get finished.