Durham elections board open to hear vote miscount evidence

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The elections board in heavily Democratic Durham County wants to see any evidence a software problem could have resulted in miscounted votes on Election Day, while a Republican Party attorney acknowledged a recount may have little impact on the still-undecided North Carolina governor's race.

The Republican-majority county elections board split along party lines Wednesday in deciding on a more extensive hearing Friday on whether to recount 94,000 ballots cast before election day. State GOP attorney Tom Stark offered little evidence votes were miscounted, but elections board chairman William Brian said his protest deserved a deeper look.

The votes being questioned represent about 60 percent of the votes cast in Durham County in the governor's race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Cooper holds a 5,000-vote lead.

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