BoE orders recount in Durham County

The Board of Elections ordered a recount in Durham County.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Voting 3 to 2 down party lines, the State Board of Elections has ordered a recount of some 94,000 votes in Durham County.

The 94,000 votes were all early votes that were not reported until late in the evening on election night, raising questions about what happened.

Republican Board member James Baker made the motion for a recount saying, "It's not going to hurt anything, I don't believe, to rescan those votes and count those votes again."

The two Democrats on the Board had argued that it was "an irregularity" but did not rise to the point of affecting the outcome of the results.

Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said after the vote, "Today is a great day for democracy in North Carolina."

He continued, "We are going to be able to put these matters behind us and answer the questions that have been out there for a month."

Earlier, demonstrators outside called on incumbent Governor Pat McCrory to concede to his Democratic challenger, Roy Cooper after Cooper claimed his vote total had now surpassed 10,000 votes, the cutoff for a statewide recount.

Jen Ferris from Progress NC Action said, "The election has been decided. The election is done and dragging this out is a cost to our voters and our taxpayers."

Woodhouse, though, when asked about Cooper's claim, said it was too early to say something like that.

"Under the law of North Carolina, we have not yet gotten a final count."

No date has been set yet for the recount.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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