RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT)- Governor Pat McCrory’s campaign has filed election protests in 50 North Carolina counties, including 12 counties in the east.
Areas in the east facing election complaints include Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Martin, Nash, Pitt and Wayne counties.
McCrory’s campaign says it’s challenging known instances of votes being cast by dead people, felons of individuals who voted more than once. McCrory’s camp says additional ballot protests are expected as additional cases are discovered.
“Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined.”
McCrory’s challenger, democrat Roy Cooper, has contended he won the race since election night, when initial results showed him leading McCrory by nearly 5,000 votes.
“Governor McCrory lost in last week’s election. But while Roy Cooper’s margin of victory has continued to grow, the McCrory Administration is delaying certification of these results with a failure to comply with the State Board of Elections’ deadline. This is unacceptable. Both the McCrory campaign and Administration are seeking to undermine the results of an election they lost. It’s time to certify these results and confirm Roy Cooper’s victory,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.
County boards of elections are set to submit their final numbers from provisional and absentee ballots today, though election officials say they’re worried many counties won’t be ready. Delays in receiving information from the DMV are causing many of the problems.