McCrory files for recount in close governor's race

RALEIGH (WITN) - Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a recount in the close race for governor.

The State Board of Elections says Attorney General Roy Cooper is leading McCrory by 6223 votes.

The governor signed the recount request on Friday, while it was hand delivered to state election officials today. By law, the trailing candidate can ask for a recount if he's behind by fewer that 10,000 votes.

County election boards are still tabulating provisional and late absentee ballots, while the State Board of Elections is meeting today to discuss contested ballots in the close race..

"With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly," said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory's campaign manager.

The campaign manager for Cooper called the move a last-ditch effort by McCrory to delay and deny the results of the election.

"Roy Cooper leads by 8,569 votes – a number that is growing daily as counties finalize election results," Trey Nix said. "We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election.”


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A conservative group has filed a lawsuit saying North Carolina can't finish tallying its close governor's race until it verifies the residency of thousands of voters who used same-day registration.

The head of the Civitas Institute is asking a federal court to require that the state Board of Elections refrain from certifying election results until it has completed verification of same-day registrants.

North Carolina law allows people to register and cast a ballot on the same day during the early voting period by offering proof of their address.

The lawsuit says North Carolina law requires election officials to check the residency of same-day registrants by sending them mail and seeing if it comes back returned. Since state elections board guidelines indicate that 30 days should be allowed for the mailing process, the lawsuit says the overall tallying of votes can't be finished before December 7.

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About two dozen protesters stood outside the entrance of a building hosting the latest State Board of Elections hearing on contested ballots in the North Carolina's governor's race.

The hearing started promptly at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Although the board said it would not hear comments from the public during Tuesday's meeting, the conference room was filled with spectators listening to the early testimony.

Roger Knight, an attorney for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, opened the hearing by presenting recent examples of voter irregularities that could apply in his race with Democratic challenger Roy Cooper.

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North Carolina election officials still working on final vote tallies for governor two weeks after Election Day are getting some advice on whether certain ballots should be counted or thrown out.

The State Board of Elections scheduled a meeting Tuesday to hear from the state Democratic and Republican parties and their gubernatorial candidate campaigns.

The board wants to provide legal guidance to county election boards hearing formal complaints about early votes by people who died before Election Day or may have voted in multiple states. Also at issue are more than 300 ballots that state officials say may have been cast by convicted felons across the state during early voting.

The questions are important as Democrat Roy Cooper still holds a 6,498 vote lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.


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As more counties report late absentee and provisional ballots, Roy Cooper has set up a transition team web site and has named transition team leaders.

The State Board of Elections now says the current attorney general is 6,839 votes ahead of Governor Pat McCrory.

On election night, Cooper lead the GOP incumbent governor by 4,879 votes.

Cooper has already declared himself the winner. His campaign says there's no way McCrory can catch up.

In the meantime, McCrory's campaign has filed complaints in about half of the state's 100 counties.

County boards haven't finished their final ballot counts while awaiting information on certain voters who said they registered to vote at the DMV but weren't on voter rolls.

Cooper this morning announced his transition team leadership, naming Kristi Jones of Raleigh and Jim Phillips of Greensboro as transition co-chairs.

The transition team has also set up a web site. That web site boasts, "We're hiring," giving people links to submit their resume for state jobs that will have need filled.


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North Carolina election officials are weighing whether to consolidate complaints alleging vote fraud in a move that could speed up deciding a winner in the state's very close governor's race.

The State Board of Elections scheduled a meeting Sunday to act on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory campaign's request to move jurisdiction of 50 formal protests to the board. McCrory's campaign manager says the complaints will be resolved quicker and avoid inconsistent decisions by local boards.

Unofficial results show McCrory trailing Democrat Roy Cooper by 6,600 votes. Cooper already declared himself the winner. His campaign says there's no way McCrory can catch up. County boards haven't finished their final ballot counts while awaiting information on certain voters who said they registered to vote at the DMV but weren't on voter rolls.



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