McCrory’s team seeks Durham County recount 90,000 votes by hand

The Durham County Board of Elections on Tuesday, Election Day, discussing how long to keep a certain polling place open past the 7:30 planned closure. Photo by Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A formal complaint that could affect North Carolina’s tight governor’s race demands 90,000 Durham County ballots be recounted by hand in because tabulations were manually entered into the state election system by local officials on election night with “bleary eyes and tired hands.”

A copy of the protest by attorney Thomas Stark was released Saturday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign.

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The document shows it was filed Friday with the Durham elections board.

Stark says an error in machines that scan ballots caused memory cards to fail, prompting manual tabulation of results into the state system.

The original statewide count shows Democrat Roy Cooper ahead of McCrory by 5,000 votes.

But tens of thousands of provisional ballots still must be examined. Counties must submit their final results by Nov. 18.

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