North Carolina: Kissell Will Request A Hand Recount in 8th District Race
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA
November 21, 2006
Five Contests Still Undecided in the State
Recounts are underway in several North Carolina elections, including the closely contested race for the 8th Congressional District, with incumbent Republican Robin Hayes’ lead down to under 350 votes over challenger Larry Kissell. Three of the District’s 10 counties had reported results of recounts yesterday, with the other seven expected to complete their machine recounts by today.
With a margin of victory well below 1% of the more than 121,000 total votes counted, Kissell will be able to request a hand count of 3 percent of the precincts in the districts. If the partial hand count uncovers discrepancies, a full hand count would be conducted. Citing reports of errors, Kissell has already pledged to seek a hand recount if this week's machine recount further narrows the race.
The counties in the 8th district employ as mix of ES&S optical scanners and iVotronic touchscreen voting systems.
Four other races are still undercided in the state, according to the Associated Press:
• Court of Appeals: In a nonpartisan statewide race, Wake County District Court Judge Donna Stroud leads incumbent Judge Linda Stephens by 3,642 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast. Recounts in all of the state's 100 counties will run through Wednesday.
• State House District 100: Democratic state House Speaker Jim Black leads Republican challenger Hal Jordan by 30 votes following Monday night's recount in the Mecklenburg County district. Jordan lost a vote in the recount, but declined to concede the race.
• State Senate District 45: Democrat Steve Goss leads Republican David Blust by 324 votes in the district that includes parts of four counties. Goss added two votes after Monday's recount in Wilkes County. Officials in Alexander County will recount Tuesday, while Ashe and Watauga counties will recount Wednesday.
• Superior Court District 15-B: In a four-candidate race for two seats on the bench, second-place finisher Allen Baddour leads Adam Stein leads by 59 votes. Recounts were scheduled for Tuesday in Chatham and Orange counties.
The State Board of Elections meets Tuesday to certify results in all races and resolve any remaining issues - including a controversy in the Black-Jordan race in which voters in one precinct were given the wrong electronic ballot and allowed to vote in that race by mistake.
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