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NC Board of Elections reports few discrepancies in completed audits, recounts begin

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The N.C. State Board of Elections reported Nov. 19 that, of all 200 voting groups audited, only 13 audits found small discrepancies between the machine and human counts. Individual county boards of elections are still conducting recounts, including Buncombe County, which started recounts for two races on Nov. 19. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The 2020 election season is winding down in North Carolina with the state completing its audit earlier Thursday, Nov. 19.

According to a release from the N.C. State Board of Elections, of all 200 voting groups audited, only 13 audits found discrepancies between the machine and human counts. Those discrepancies were just three votes or fewer.

Political science expert Chris Cooper said this is a good thing for the state.

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“What they found is that you get the same answer really either way with a very small tolerance, so this is good news," Cooper said. "It suggests that when you cast a vote and your vote was counted, your vote was counted fairly against the machine."

But as the state audit wrapped up, recounts in individual counties began.

One recount is in the race for the State Chief Justice. There are also local recounts, like the Owen District School Board in Buncombe County.

Buncombe County Board of Elections began its recount of those two races the afternoon of Nov. 19.

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“We have 16 early voting locations totaling approximately 106,000 ballots, plus roughly 35,000 absentee ballots, 20,000 Election Day ballots, as well as a little over 250 provisionals," said Corinne Duncan, director of Buncombe County Election Services.

"In order to accomplish recounting by the deadline of next Wednesday, we will have to implement an aggressive plan," Duncan said.

Nearly half of the state's county boards of elections completed their recounts Thursday. The other half are expected to begin in the coming days.

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