NHC Board of Elections announces hand-to-eye recount for school board democratic primary

Bosch and Beaulieu each lost two votes but two votes still separated the two
NHC Board of Elections announces hand-to-eye recount for school board democratic primary
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Elections will meet Friday, June 10, at 1 p.m. to begin a sample hand-to-eye recount for the NHC Board of Education primary where two candidates are still vying for the fourth democratic spot.

The sample hand-to-eye recount will take place in the David E. Paynter Room of the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library at 1241 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington. No virtual attendance option is available.

After the New Hanover County Board of Education Primary vote recount on Wednesday, Jennah Bosch held her lead by two votes. Bosch had 7,373 to Nelson Beaulieu’s 7,371 votes.

The first recount was called by Beaulieu because only two votes separated democratic candidates incumbent Beaulieu and newcomer Bosch after the canvass. Each candidate lost two votes in the recount but two votes still separated the two.

The recount began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and the Board of Elections completed it just after 5 p.m.

Beaulieu was three votes ahead of Bosch after election day, but Bosch finished two votes ahead after the election canvass. County Elections Director Rae Hunter-Havens explained that recounts typically match the initial election, but minor discrepancies can still pop up due to the sensitivity of the voting machines.

“I don’t really know how to feel because I’ve never really done this before. I think I’m going to say I feel proud of myself that enough people believe in me, somebody who doesn’t have a political background that these other candidates may have, or the teaching, the principal backgrounds, and they believe in me enough to take care of their children and their teachers and support them,” Bosch said. “The last few weeks have shown me that every vote counts.”

With such a small number of votes separating the two candidates, Beaulieu had the option to call for a manual recount.

“So, you get 24 hours to make a decision and I will take probably 20 of those and figure out you know whether or not I want to do a hand-to-eye count. I think the most important thing for me is as accurate of a count as possible. These procedures and laws exist to ensure that we can do that, and so that’s my focus over the next 24 hours, two hours, however long this takes,” Beaulieu said. “I love this community, it’s cool to be in an election where this community is trying to decide.”

Whoever takes the spot will secure the fourth and final democratic nomination alongside Veronica McLaurin-Brown, Dorian Cromartie and incumbent Judy Justice.

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