SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) A candidate in Greene County has filed a protest over results of a race he lost in last week’s election.
An unofficial election count showed James Davenport losing the county commissioner District 1 race. He has since filed a formal complaint, saying there’s a discrepancy in the vote counts.
The director of the Board Elections told Nine On Your Side he has confidence in the voting process.
Davenport said the votes were scanned improperly. In his race, there was a no-vote count of 838. That means 838 people did not fill in the ballot for either candidate. That’s compared to the other races, which had a no vote count ranging from 94 to 329.
Davenport is calling for a recount because of the difference between his race and the others in that category.
Cash insisted their results are accurate. After the elections, they’re required to do a sample audit. That means they choose one race and count the ballots by hand. Then, they match up their results with the machine count.
And here in Greene County they both matched up perfectly with the machine count and the hand eye count.Trey Cash, Greene County Board of Elections
The Greene County Board of Elections will hold a preliminary hearing on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. At that meeting, they’ll determine what the next steps are.
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