NC Board of Elections meets amid calls for Gov. McCrory to concede defeat

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Calls for Gov. Pat McCrory to concede are getting louder as Attorney General Roy Cooper’s lead grows in the North Carolina governor’s race.

Gov. McCrory has said he’s not backing down and is claiming voter fraud across the state.

The State Board of Elections is holding another hearing today, which began at 10 a.m., to discuss how to handle election complaints that have been filed with more than 50 county boards of elections.

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County boards of elections across the state have asked the N.C. Board of Elections to provide legal guidance on how to handle the allegations of deceased voters, voters who are felons, and people who may have voted in two states.

Petitions filed in Wake, Durham, Orange, Mecklenburg, Cumberland, Halifax, Forsyth, and Lee counties have all been thrown out.

Supporters of Cooper gathered outside the meeting before it started.

Supporters said that even with the votes that are being questioned, Cooper’s lead would still be enough to defeat McCrory.

Attorneys from both McCrory and Cooper’s campaigns were slated to argue in the hearing.

The governor’s attorney spoke first in the hearing.

“We don’t know the final results and the count of the absentee ballots and so this inquiry should continue and this process should play out,” said attorney Roger Knight.

Logan Smith with Progress North Carolina Action also spoke in the hearing and said it appeared that McCrory is filing “frivolous complaints.”

“If Gov. McCrory is still filing frivolous complaints and making baseless accusations about some sort of criminal malfeasance when there doesn’t exist one, then we’re going to have a lot of problems in our state government come the new year,” he said.

Cooper’s attorneys are making the argument that the protests will not change the outcome of the governor’s race. Many counties are waiting to hear the guidance of the State Board of Elections today.

Political experts have said this fight may be far from over and it may ultimately be decided in the courts.

“This is a very laborious process, it’s a voter-by-voter consideration, looking at each vote to say whether it’s valid or not. If the courts get involved, they could reverse some of the decisions some of the counties have made so we could be looking at weeks, maybe more, of this,” said Meredith College political science professor David McLennan.

A handful of Democratic leaders held news conferences Monday calling on Gov. McCrory to concede.

“By any definition, Roy Cooper has won this election and in American politics anytime you lose an election, the custom is that you concede defeat,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).

Cooper also appears to be moving forward as he has already announced his transition team.

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