- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the effort to recount votes in Durham County, which could affect the North Carolina governor’s race (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The State Board of Elections isn’t giving extra time for now to Durham County officials who were ordered to complete a recount of more than 90,000 ballots by Monday evening.

Board spokesman Pat Gannon said late Friday that the board office “does not believe an extension beyond Monday night is necessary.” He says the board is working with Durham officials to ensure the recount is performed as swiftly as possible.

The Durham elections board chairman said earlier Friday the local board couldn’t meet the Monday deadline and needed until Wednesday. Bill Brian said they were bringing in more tabulation machines and needed to hire more recount monitors but said the work would take a while. Brian said the Durham board had planned to reconvene Sunday morning.

The recount comes as Democrat Roy Cooper leads Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by a little over 10,000 votes statewide.

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5 p.m.

Durham County officials want more time to complete a recount of 94,000 ballots, saying they’ve got a lot of work ahead and can’t meet the Monday deadline set by North Carolina’s elections board.

Durham elections board Chairman Bill Brian on Friday said the panel would formally ask the state board for a recount completion by Wednesday. Brian says more tabulation machines are coming in and additional workers are needed.

The state board’s Republican majority this week reversed an earlier Durham board decision and ordered a recount because technical troubles on election night raised public perception something may not be right with the totals.

The recount could be GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s last chance against Democrat Roy Cooper, who leads McCrory by more than 10,000 votes in unofficial results.


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