Carteret County votes certified after two-week delay

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BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – After a nearly two-week delay, Carteret County votes are now certified.

The county’s board of elections completed the canvass of the 38,000 votes cast in the county Monday. A canvass usually occurs 10 days after the election, but delays at the state level prevented that.

“It was a state-wide issue with the Department of Motor Vehicles,” said Sharon Lewis, elections director in Carteret County. “If someone came in to vote, and they were not registered then we had to register them with the Department of Motor Vehicles as to whether or not they had signed a declamation to register to vote.”

In addition, the county also considered a protest Monday in the governor’s race.

“We had protests filed…for someone that was a felon, and we actually reviewed that and decided to send it on to the state board of elections,” said Lewis.

The state board will decide whether to accept that ballot. Nearly 400 provisional ballots were cast in the county.

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