17 county boards of elections counting additional votes today


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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) 17 county boards of elections are meeting today to consider a total of at least 7,200 additional absentee by-mail ballots.

Approved ballots will be added to the unofficial results on the State Board of Elections website after the meetings.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, county boards had accepted more than one million absentee-by-mail ballots, about 18 percent of the total ballots cast in the 2020 general election.

The Election Night Results website is here: https://er.ncsbe.gov/.

County boards of elections will continue to meet through Friday to consider additional absentee by-mail ballots that arrive at their offices through Thursday, provided they were postmarked on or before Election Day.

According to state law, county boards of elections will complete their processes and canvass the election on Friday.

The State Board will meet on November 24 to certify final results.

Election officials do not “call” contests for any candidate.

Historically, the media or candidates have done that when the number of outstanding ballots in a contest is less than the vote difference between candidates or when it is clear that a candidate will ultimately prevail.

As of Tuesday morning, about 93,000 voters who requested an absentee by-mail ballot had not yet returned an accepted ballot or voted in person during the early voting period.

The number of these ballots ultimately received by county boards of elections and counted will be less than that because some voters cast their ballot in person on Election Day and others likely did not vote at all.

In addition, 27,500 absentee ballots that have been accepted by county boards after Election Day and 23,091 provisional ballots that haven’t been disqualified could ultimately be counted toward the results.

Thus far, county boards of elections have determined that at least 17,450 provisional ballots will not be counted. County-level election staff continues to research and review the remaining provisional ballots before reporting findings to the bipartisan county board members for final approval during public board meetings.

The numbers above are approximations based on the best available data through the state’s election information management system.

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