Now voters are awaiting word on who won the governor's race. Pat McCrory will find the surge of votes from his community that his fellow Republican needs to reverse Attorney General Roy Cooper's statewide lead. The board decided there was no evidence that the tally of early ballots cast before Election Day was wrong in the race between McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper. More than 10 ballot complaints centered on a North Carolina Democratic Party-funded effort to assist voters with filling out ballots. But this week, a successful local candidate in a nonpartisan race, McCrae Dowless, filed a challenge to what Dowless said were "literally hundreds of fraudulent ballots", alleging that "the handwriting on hundreds of those ballots matches only about a dozen handwriting styles".
The equipment glitch forced a tedious process of manually entering the early ballots late on November 8, and mistakes were possible, county elections board head William Brian Jr. said at a news conference.
Half of North Carolina's counties were named in a GOP press release Thursday night leveling accusations of voter fraud. Elias claimed Friday that the McCrory campaign is defaming people by calling people felons when they are not. Bladen County, an area of roughly 30,000 people near North Carolina's southern state boundary according to the 2010 United States Census, has been subject to claims of fraud.
The delays at the DMV forced the Wake County election board to delay the start of its decision-making on 6,800 provisional ballots they must review.
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That will now happen Monday as more provisional and absentee ballots still need to be counted. The state board has not yet responded. "In fact, all counties are waiting for this report". "We have seen no evidence whatsoever that there has been any inaccuracy or problem with the early returns that were reported on Election Day". A federal judge ordered that votes of people who signed up at DMV offices must be counted unless the agency proves they refused to register.
Right now those formal ballot protests are still being filed. The McCrory administration failed to comply in time for Friday's deadline, pushing the final canvass into next week. First, thanks to some of McCrory's own reforms, every county election commission is run by two Republicans and one Democrat, allowing the Democrats to accuse the governor of attacking his own election monitors. But McCrory's campaign said not so fast. Workers did not tabulate the approved ballots, so we do not know if they change the outcome of any county races. "The truth is this election was administered by Republicans appointed by Governor McCrory himself", responded Cooper campaign spokesman Ford Porter. McCrory is likely to have a similar advantage among the absentee ballots, which are cast disproportionately by Republicans.
McCrory's campaign and legal team have been arguing in public that the number of complaints demonstrates widespread voter irregularities, if not outright fraud, although that pattern has not yet emerged in the protests that county boards of election are considering. "There's additional cases of voter fraud being discovered each day".