Election board weighing McCrory request in governor’s race

Roy Cooper & Pat McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials are weighing whether to consolidate complaints alleging vote fraud in a move that could speed up deciding a winner in the state’s very close governor’s race.

The State Board of Elections scheduled a meeting Sunday to act on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory campaign’s request to move jurisdiction of 50 formal protests to the board. McCrory’s campaign manager says the complaints will be resolved quicker and avoid inconsistent decisions by local boards.

Unofficial results show McCrory trailing Democrat Roy Cooper by 6,600 votes. Cooper already declared himself the winner. His campaign says there’s no way McCrory can catch up. County boards haven’t finished their final ballot counts while awaiting information on certain voters who said they registered to vote at the DMV but weren’t on voter rolls.