RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The Latest on the counting of provisional and absentee ballots in North Carolina’s election (all times local):
A complete tally of votes in North Carolina that could affect the close governor’s race won’t be finished on time because of pending ballot challenges and a court order about people who believed they registered at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
State Board of Elections spokesman Pat Gannon said Thursday that several of the state’s 100 counties have already said they won’t complete their counting by Friday’s deadline. State law gives them more time to complete their canvass.
Gannon cited pending county election protests for the delay and collecting information from DMV about people who cast provisional ballots and insist they registered or updated their registration address at the agency.
A delay extends uncertainty about the vote margin between Democrat Roy Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory and whether the trailing candidate will seek a recount. Cooper now leads by about 4,750 votes.
The battle for every vote in North Carolina’s too-close-to-call governor’s race could come down to tens of thousands of mailed-in absentee and provisional ballots that elections officials across the state are deciding whether to count or toss aside.
More than 50 counties have meetings Thursday to decide which ballots to allow.
State Board of Elections figures show Democrat Roy Cooper leading Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by 4,900 votes and the results could be potentially affected by this process. All 100 counties are supposed to complete counting their ballots by Friday and report to the state.
The trailing candidate could request a recount if the updated margin is 10,000 votes or less. McCrory’s campaign is supporting challenges of votes cast in Durham, Bladen and other counties.
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