DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – It is December 1 and North Carolina still does not officially know who its next governor will be.
The State Board of Elections has ordered a recount of more than 90,000 ballots in Durham County.
The order comes as Roy Cooper leads Gov. Pat McCrory by more than 10,000 votes.
Durham’s Board of Elections received the formal written order for the recount from the State Board.
The Durham Board has until Monday at 7 p.m. to report its results.
Ballots will start being recounted at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The Durham Board estimates it will cost $35,000 to pay staff and volunteers for recount.
But the recount isn’t the only thing happening.
Thursday, Republican representatives, along with a representative from the Cooper campaign, were inspecting thousands of absentee ballot applications, making sure those votes should count.
“We want to make sure that the people that got ballots were really the people that they indicate,” said Tom Stark, North Carolina Republican Party attorney.
All this comes a day after the State Board of Elections voted 3-2, along party lines, to require a recount of 94,000 ballots in Durham County.
Those ballots were reported late on election night following some technical issues.
“I think it’s another needless delay. It’s another waste of taxpayer dollars that’s unnecessary and unhelpful,” said Morgan Jackson, Cooper campaign strategist.
Many, including the Cooper campaign, have argued there’s no evidence showing that the votes from Durham were reported incorrectly.
Republican leaders said the recount will help ensure the results were accurate and that there’s faith in the system.
“We want to have an election where eligible voters voted,” Stark said.
Jackson said it was a partisan move.
“It doesn’t change the inevitable. Governor-elect Cooper is going to be governor,” Jackson.
The Durham Board of Elections chair said the recount may not happen until next week as machines need to be reprogrammed and bipartisan teams need to be set up.
Anyone interested in helping in the recount would need to call Durham County Board of Elections at 919-560-0700.