DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – “There was no need for all of this.”
That’s the reaction from Bill Brian, chairman of the Durham County Board of Elections following its recount Monday.
But before Durham finished its recount, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded in the governor’s race in a YouTube video. Roy Cooper maintained a lead of more than 10,000 votes as Durham released initial recount numbers over the weekend.
As news started to spread that McCrory had conceded, volunteers inside the Durham County Board of Elections continued counting ballots, hours after the announcement.
“It was an unnecessary process,” Brian said. “When we went up to the State Board, the State Board pretty much determined there was no evidence to which to order a recount. But they ordered one anyway.”
After about 90,000 votes came in late on Election Day, the North Carolina’s Republican Party’s general counsel asked for a recount.
“This was just a question that was created by these machines, and people wanted to be sure,” said NCGOP lawyer Thomas Stark.
Volunteers finished the three-day recount on time Monday, almost four weeks after the election.
“The governor hadn’t wanted it to go this long,” Stark said.
Stark said he understands there’s a process but wanted to make sure the election was fair.
Brian apologized to taxpayers for what he called a waste of money.
“All the results we’ve been bringing up have been pretty much dead on, it’s the same as what we had on Election Day. So, in my opinion, there was no need for all of this,” he said.
Brian estimates the recount cost taxpayers at least $35,000.