WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Elections officials will take the next step in the electoral process on Thursday, November 17, when they meet to review and count absentee and provisional ballots cast in the 2016 General Election.
Those local Boards of Elections will meet again at 11 a.m. the next day to conduct their county's canvass of the election results. The vote canvass is the process that makes the election results official.
The New Hanover County Board of Election will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon for the absentee and provisional ballot count. The office is located at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38, in Wilmington.
Bladen County's Board of Elections will convene at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the elections office on South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown, for the absentee and provisional ballot count.
The board is not scheduled to deal with an elections protest filed by McCrae Dowless during that meeting. Dowless, who won re-election as Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, filed a protest alleging voter fraud by the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC.
The Columbus County Board of Elections has an 11 a.m. meeting on Thursday to work on the absentee and provisional ballots.
The Brunswick and Pender County Boards of Elections will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday for the absentee and provisional vote counts. The Brunswick County office is in the government center complex in Bolivia, while the Pender County office is located at 807 South Walker Street in Burgaw.
Any candidate eligible to call for a vote recount after the county canvass must submit the demand in writing, and it must be received by the North Carolina State Board of Elections by Noon on Tuesday, November 22.
The candidate must be within 10,000 votes to be eligible to call for a recount for statewide races. For races that are not statewide, the difference between the two candidates must be within 1 percent of the total number of votes cast in the race.