Vote canvass on Tuesday could lead to recounts in local races

Vote canvass on Tuesday could lead to recounts in local races

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Several candidates will be watching results on Tuesday when election boards canvass the votes cast in North Carolina's Primary Elections.

Candidates who finish close enough to their opponent after the canvass (one percent of the total number of votes cast for the two candidates) have the right to call for a recount of the votes.

Incumbent Bladen County Commissioner Wayne Edge has already filed for a recount in his race against challenger Ken Register, Jr. After Tuesday's vote count, Edge trailed Ken Register by 19 votes (948-929) in the Democratic primary in District 3.

Elections officials say there were 67 provisional ballots cast in Bladen County for the primaries. It appears Edge would need to gain just one vote in order for the recount to happen.

Jody Woodcock, the challenger to incumbent Pender County District 4 Commissioner Demetrice Keith, trails by 71 votes (2,297-2,226)after Tuesday's results.

Elections officials say there are 317 provisional ballots cast in Pender County. Woodcock would need to gain about 26 votes on Keith in the canvass in order to be eligible for a recount.

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