Beaufort Co. wraps up official canvass after delays

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Election Board finished its official canvass on Wednesday after two previous delays.

It accepted seven additional provisional ballots due to a court order permitting DMV-issued ballots.

Board members also discussed a protest alleging three felons voted in the general election. They dismissed the complaint after no witness appeared and no evidence was presented.

“We’re hoping that this canvass is final and that we recount next week, probably, and put a bow on this election prior to Christmas,” said Kellie Hopkins, Director of Elections for Beaufort County.

The county will recount a local commissioner’s race alongside the gubernatorial contest.

Gary Brinn and Derik Davis came within a one-percent margin for the final seat. The two are currently separated by 60 votes.

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