North Carolina election board sets Durham appeal date

Election Watch

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican’s request to have votes recounted by hand in Durham County after equipment failure on election night will be heard Wednesday by the North Carolina board of elections.

The board announced Monday the hearing time for the appeal of the protest rejected earlier by the Durham County board. The protest covers 94,000 ballots — most of them cast during early voting — that could affect close races for governor and state auditor.

The state board met Sunday to consider setting an appeal date and delayed a decision because it first wanted more information from Durham officials, but board chairman Grant Whitney anticipated a hearing this week.

GOP attorney Tom Stark filed the protest. He says it’s not been determined whether the reported results equal those from the actual ballots.