RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory’s office is filing protests of votes in 50 counties.
The governor trails Democrat Roy Cooper by about 5,000 votes currently.
The McCrory campaign insists some of those votes counted were from deceased people, felons or people who voted more than once.
In the Piedmont Triad, the governor is protesting votes in Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham and Stokes counties.
“Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general,” said Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined.”
“Governor McCrory has set a new standard for desperation in his attempts to undermine the results of an election he lost. The truth is this election was administered by Republicans appointed by Governor McCrory himself,” responded Cooper campaign spokesman Ford Porter. “Roy Cooper’s margin of victory has grown since Election Day and will continue to grow stronger as final votes are tallied. Voters chose a new governor-elect, it’s time for the McCrory campaign to accept it.”
Counties had until Friday to certify their results, but that may be delayed.
All counties go through provisional ballots and decide which ones to allow and deny.
However, in the final days of early voting, a federal court required elections officials and the DMV to come up with a new review process for people who claimed they registered or changed their address at the DMV. That process is ongoing.
Counties have now been given extra time — well into next week — to finish that process.