Every vote counts, election officials canvass votes

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley -

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - A week after Election Day the votes are in, but the races aren't quite over.

Tuesday, election officials across the state will canvass the votes from provisional ballots, one-stop votes, and those cast on Election Day.

 Click here to see the unofficial 2009 Municipal Election results.

Several local races could hinge on those results, including Mayor of Fair Bluff, Town Commissioner in Topsail Beach, and Town Council in Leland.

In Leland, council candidates Roy Lettieri and his opponent Martha Currie both had 560 votes - tied for the second open seat on Town Council.  But with 14 provisional ballots to examine, anything could happen.

A provisional ballot is one that is cast on Election Day by someone who could not prove residency.  The board of elections takes a week to sort out who's who, and then each provisional ballot is either approved or denied.

After about an hour and a half in the Brunswick County Office, Lettieri learned that he was one provisional vote from passing Currie.  Now, Lettieri will petition the Brunswick County Board of Elections for a recount.

Provisional votes in Oak Island and Topsail Beach did not change the outcome of a close council and commissioners race.  It's the same story in Columbus County, but the losing candidates in the race for Chadbourn Town Council and Fair Bluff Mayor have both called for recounts.

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