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Date set for full recount of NHC Board of Education democratic primary

The State Board of Elections has advised NHC Board of Elections that a full recount of the democratic ballots in all 48 precincts is now required
Full manual ballot recount needed in democratic school board primary
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 4:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 8:45 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Elections will begin a full hand-to-eye recount for all ballots cast in the Board of Education Democratic primary contest on June 15.

On June 10, the New Hanover County Board of Elections completed a hand-to-eye recount of hundreds of ballots cast in the contest, but the recount was limited to two precincts.

“The question is when is it going to end?” Jennah Bosch, one of the New Hanover Board of Education Democratic candidates, said. “It’s definitely interesting. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced before. I’ve not done a lot of politics in my life. I’m getting a first hand account of everything.”

The recount will occur following an analysis and order from the NC State Board of Elections.

“It’s a little unnerving at times.,” Nelson Beaulieu, the opposing candidate for the Board of Education election, told WECT. “You know I’m just sort of waiting with everybody else and hoping that the best result is the one the voters have chosen.”

On Friday, the two precincts randomly selected by the State Board of Elections were Masonboro (MO2) and the early voting precinct at CFCC.

The result was the same for the recount of the Masonboro precinct; however, inconsistencies were found in three hand recounts of CFCC.

In two of the three recounts for CFCC, Nelson Beaulieu picked up two votes; in the third one, he picked up one vote.

Incumbent school board member Beaulieu requested the hand-to-eye recount after finishing two votes short of newcomer Jennah Bosch in a machine recount done Wednesday afternoon. Bosch finished with 7,373 votes to Beaulieu’s 7,371.

The eventual winning candidate will secure the fourth and final democratic nomination for the November general election ballot alongside Veronica McLaurin-Brown, Dorian Cromartie and incumbent Judy Justice.

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