Recount set for MondayPublished 8:41pm Saturday, November 24, 2012
In Beaufort County, the recount in the race for the District 1 seat in the state Senate begins at 9 a.m. Monday.
The local recount takes place in the Beaufort County Board of Elections on Highland Drive.
Republican Bill Cook, currently representing District 6 in the state House and a Beaufort County resident, has a 32-vote lead over incumbent Sen. Stan Cook, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections’ website. Cook, a Democrat from Dare County, on Monday filed the paperwork seeking a recount.
“We are expecting that the recount will take most of the day. Observers are welcome but cannot disrupt the recounting process. We will have multiple machines running in our lobby and observers should have easy access in order to visually observe the process at each machine,” wrote Beaufort County Elections Director Kellie Harris Hopkins in an email.
Each candidate plans to have observers at as many boards of elctions in the district as possible.
The boards of elections in Hyde, Dare, Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Gates counties will also conduct recounts. Recounts in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties begin at 8 a.m. Monday. Recounts in Camden and Dare counties begin at 9 a.m. Monday. Recounts in Gates and Hyde counties begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The recount in Currituck County begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The State Board of Election’s website shows 43,743 votes for Cook and 43,711 votes for White, a difference of less than 1 percent. Before ballot canvassing Nov. 16, unofficial vote totals from Election Day had White with a lead over Cook.