The Latest: Mixed decisions on some election protests so far

Roy Cooper & Pat McCrory

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the contested North Carolina governor’s race (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

North Carolina county elections boards have entered mixed decisions so far about complaints filed by Republicans and backed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign alleging absentee ballot fraud and unlawful voting by dead people, convicted felons and others.

Multiple media outlets reported that the Wake County Board of Elections agreed Friday to throw out three ballots but reject challenges to about 20 others based on allegations people had voted in multiples states. The removed votes came from two people who died before Election Day and another recently convicted of a felony.

The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/2g5qKge ) reports the Halifax County elections board Friday rejected complaints alleging a convicted felon had voted there and absentee voter fraud.

McCrory’s’ campaign has said election protests were being filed in more than 50 counties as the count continues in the close governor’s race. Unofficial results show Democrat Roy Cooper leading McCrory by 6,600 votes.

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6:40 p.m.

North Carolina’s elections director says work continues on matching DMV data with people who thought they registered to vote at driver’s license offices but were told by local election officials they didn’t.

Kim Strach (strack) told county election directors late Friday the state elections board received all the information sought from the Division of Motor Vehicles to comply with a court order. She says counties should see additional data Saturday that will help them decide whether certain provisional ballots these people cast should be counted.

A federal judge ruled last month the votes of people who thought they registered at DMV since July 2015 should be counted unless officials proved they declined to register.

A DMV official said the agency provided information related to requests covering more than 8,000 driver’s license numbers.

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5:30 p.m.

A top lawyer for Roy Cooper’s team monitoring North Carolina’s election counts says the Democratic candidate for governor is expanding his lead and will be sworn in on time in January.

Marc Elias told reporters Friday that trailing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is refusing to accept the will of the voters. Elias says McCrory is backing formal election protests that besmirch people who run elections instead of conceding his loss to Cooper.

Unofficial results at the State Board of Elections late Friday show Cooper ahead of McCrory by 6,600 votes, compared to 5,000 votes on election night.

McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz said Cooper’s campaign is using “piecemeal results” and noted that most counties haven’t finalized their ballot tabulations.

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3:10 p.m.

The North Carolina Republican Party’s top attorney says with thousands of votes yet to count, Gov. Pat McCrory and other GOP candidates in close election races could still pick up enough votes to win.

Tom Stark spoke Friday after the Republican-majority Durham County elections board voted unanimously to dismiss his bid to recount 94,000 votes. 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.

Stark notes that McCrory trails by about 5,000 votes, Republican candidate for state auditor Chuck Stuber trails by about 3,000, and all absentee and provisional ballots haven’t yet been counted. Stark says those races are very much up in the air.

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1:40 p.m.

The Republican-majority Durham County elections board is dismissing a GOP lawyer’s bid to recount 94,000 votes.

The board voted unanimously Friday that the protest lacked evidence. The three board members spent two hours listening to witnesses and decided a software glitch that blocked votes from being uploaded to the statewide tally didn’t have anything to do with accurately logging votes.

State Republican Party attorney Tom Stark says the disputed Durham County votes will likely be raised with the State Board of Elections, which will certify winners.

12:30 p.m.

Updated totals from the State Board of Elections show Democrat Roy Cooper now holds a more than 5,200-vote lead over Republican incumbent Pat McCrory in the race for North Carolina governor.

The State Board of Elections is updating race tallies as counties submit results that include votes cast as either provisional or absentee ballots.

Counties were supposed to finish this process Friday, but state elections officials said they don’t expect it to get done on time and have given no deadline for when it might get finished.

The trailing candidate in the governor’s race will be able to ask for a statewide recount if the vote margin remains 10,000 or less. McCrory’s campaign says that protests over election results are being filed in 50 counties.

11:15 a.m.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles says it’s turned over all the information that elections officials have sought regarding ballots cast by people who thought they had registered to vote at DMV offices.

DMV spokesman Robert Broome said Friday the agency has responded to State Board of Elections requests for records on more than 8,100 ballots since Wednesday. He says a batch of 2,700 ballots was returned Thursday night, hours after DMV received it.

A federal judge ruled elections boards would have to count the votes of people who thought they had registered at DMV offices unless officials proved they declined to register. Her ruling was in response to a lawsuit that said DMV wasn’t submitting registration information to elections boards.