Durham Board of Elections votes unanimously to deny recount petition

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Republican-majority Durham County elections board is dismissing a GOP lawyer’s bid to recount 94,000 votes.

The board voted unanimously Friday that the protest lacked evidence. The three board members spent two hours listening to witnesses and decided a software glitch that blocked votes from being uploaded to the statewide tally didn’t have anything to do with accurately logging votes.

Tom Stark, attorney for the state Republican Party, asked for the recount as a resident of Durham County, not as the NCGOP’s lawyer.

Durham officials said “minor complications” occurred starting early on Election Day.

According to Durham County elections officials, most of the 90,000+ votes were early voting results that could not be added electronically due to a malfunction with the vote counting software.

The votes had to be manually uploaded and the county board — in conjunction with the state board — decided to delay that process until after election day results were entered as to not slow down those results.

Around 10 p.m. on Election Day, a Democratic and Republican member of the county board of elections and the interim director of elections began the manual entry process under the supervision of the state board.

Various other observers also were present.

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Stark said the disputed Durham County votes will likely be raised with the State Board of Elections, which will certify winners.

Democrat Roy Cooper is leading Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory by more than 5,000 votes in that race.

Orange, Wake and Halifax counties also rejected election protests on Friday.

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