N Carolina board could consider key ballot appeal this week

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s election board could formally consider later this week a Republican attorney’s demand for a manual recount of Durham County ballots that could affect the yet-resolved race for governor.

The State Board of Elections met Sunday by phone to discuss a request filed by the lawyer this weekend to accelerate the appeal of a decision by the Durham County elections board earlier this month rejecting the recount request. The Durham board decided there was no evidence the tally of 94,000 ballots was wrong.

State board members Sunday wanted more documents from Durham’s board before taking up the appeal.

Unofficial results show GOP Gov. Pat McCrory trailing Democratic challenger Roy Cooper by 7,700 votes from 4.7 million cast, but some counties haven’t finished their counting or have other appeals pending.