Republican appeal asks NC officials for scrutiny of Durham votes

The Durham County Board of Elections
The Durham County Board of Elections

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Republicans have formally asked state officials for closer scrutiny of thousands of Durham County ballots in the close governor’s contest.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign announced Saturday that GOP lawyer Thomas Stark asked the State Board of Elections to require a recount because of questions about 90,000 or so Durham County ballots. His appeal says there are questions about how those ballots were tallied because of a computer problem at several voting sites.

Durham County’s Republican-controlled local elections board already rejected a protest over those ballots.

Stark also asks the state to consider issues related to provisional ballots and people who voted through same-day registration in the heavily Democratic county.

The McCrory campaign says if Durham County has a recount and its results are the same, the campaign will be prepared to drop its statewide recount request.

Campaign manager Russell Peck says in a news release that a Durham recount would allow everyone to “move towards a conclusion of this process.”

Democrat Roy Cooper leads McCrory by about 7,700 votes, according to unofficial statewide results. About 20 counties have yet to finish counting votes.

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