NC Board of Elections issues an order to dismiss protest from McCrory campaign

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The state board of elections issued an order Monday telling county boards to dismiss any election protest that “merely disputes the eligibility of a voter.”

The order comes in the wake of the Republican incumbent Governor Pat McCrory campaign and its supporters filing protests across the state alleging fraud by making claims that dead people voted, some voters cast ballots in more than one state or felons voted improperly.

County boards have been considering the claims in recent weeks, some of which have been dismissed due to lack of evidence.

In its order Monday, the state board tells counties they must still consider protests that claim a violation of election law and affect enough votes that the outcome of a race in one county would be impacted.

The order instructs counties to go forward with canvassing the results of the general election.

“This is a devastating blow to the McCrory campaign and further evidence that there is no path to victory for Governor McCrory. Roy Cooper’s lead has grown to over 9,000 votes as Republican claims of voter fraud have been routinely rejected by members of their own party. It’s time for Governor McCrory to respect the will of the voters,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix in a prepared statement.

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