Monday is the deadline to count absentee ballots that are postmarked the date of the election and received in elections offices by Monday.

This is truly the definition of every vote counts.

“Definitely, definitely. We do this for every election we don’t do it just because it's close,” says Mecklenburg County board of elections director Michael Dickerson.

These Mecklenburg county board of elections workers are tallying up and verifying absentee and provisional ballots…getting ready for what’s called the canvass – when they verify election results later this week.

“None of these results are official until we do the canvas,” Dickerson told NBC Charlotte.

But they know a recount is likely as Governor Pat McCrory has made it clear he has concerns about the close vote, with Cooper leading by about 5,000 and claims of problems at the polls.

“We're extremely troubled about the reports of malfeasance in Durham County and our phones have been ringing off the hook with examples of potential fraud and voting irregularities," said McCrory's spokesperson.

Both McCrory and Cooper have a team of lawyers ready to be at every county elections office following the race's results.

Cooper's spokesperson said they, “have retained a legal team and plan to have volunteer attorneys at all 100 boards of elections to monitor the process and look forward to confirming Roy Cooper’s victory on November 18th," and that, "that’s when the canvass will be done but a recount could take until next week.”

Dickerson points out, “State law allows for a statewide race if you’re 10,000 votes or less you can ask for a recount.”

A candidate has two days to ask for a recount once the canvass is complete which will likely take a day.

In Mecklenburg County, Pat McCrory is down by 135,000 votes.