Ayden Liquor Recount Shows No Change

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A recount in an extremely close race from the May 8th election in Pitt County showed no change in the results.

Election workers re-tabulated the results from the Ayden liquor by the drink vote Friday afternoon. The ballot question, which lost by just 9 votes, did not change after the recount.

Those in favor of the referendum asked for the recount after Tuesday's vote canvass. Today's recount took less than an hour to complete.

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A recent vote to make serving liquor by the drink legal was so close in Ayden there will be recount.

According to the Pitt County Board of Elections during the May 8th primary- 552 people voted against serving liquor, while 543 voted for it in Ayden, just a nine vote difference. Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis says a recount can be held if there is a less than one percent difference in the vote, but he says there are restrictions when it comes to who can request a recount.

"It has to be someone who is on the losing side who cast a ballot. It's a secret ballot and we don't know how you voted so what we did is we just looked at the requester to see if they are a registered voter and if they did cast a ballot in the election, and they did in fact. So, we are going to count that as an eligible request and honor it," said Davis.

The recount is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm. Davis says the process will take 1-2 hours before the final vote is announced.

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