Durham County Board of Elections recounts about 20,000 ballots Saturday

Durham County officials recounting ballots on Saturday. CBS North Carolina photo

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Durham County on Saturday started recounting more than 90,000 votes in the hopes of complying with a State Board of Elections order to complete the count by Monday evening.

A county spokesman confirmed the recount of ballots from five early voting sites and one Election Day precinct began early Saturday afternoon.

The Durham board had planned to start running the ballots through tabulation machines Sunday but moved it up when the state board declined to extend its earlier deadline.

The recount was ordered after some technical issues on election night led to the late uploading of numbers that put Democrat Roy Cooper up over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by about 5,000 votes.

That advantage has since expanded to more than 10,000 votes as nearly all other counties have finished their tallies.

By the end of the workday Saturday, about 20,000 ballots were recounted in Durham County.

Durham board Chairman Bill Brian said the Durham recount will continue Sunday and then Monday until the recount is complete.

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