Possible counting of 300 ballots could reverse 2 race results


From staff reports

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

There are roughly 300 ballots in Pasquotank County that could still be counted — enough to reverse the results of two local election contests on Tuesday.

Pasquotank Elections Director Kelli Price said Wednesday that Pasquotank has 175 provisional ballots to review, 93 mail-in ballots that could still be counted if they're received this week and were postmarked by election day, and 23 mail-in ballots that have been received but not counted.

That means there's a maximum of 291 votes that could still be added to Tuesday's results, which could be enough to reverse the results of the Northern Outside contest, where Republican Sean Lavin defeated incumbent Democratic Commissioner Joe Winslow by 86 votes, and the second-place finisher in the Outside City school board race, George Archuleta, only edged third-place finisher Ron Payne by 21 votes.

Price also said runners-up could request recounts if their vote totals were within 1 percent of a winner.