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Recount underway for two primary races in Buncombe County

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Recounts are underway in Buncombe County for two races in the May 17 primary.

Election workers are busy doing machine recounts for just over 54,000 ballots from the statewide primary. The Buncombe County Election Services director said they decided to go through all of the ballots cast, even though just two races are being reexamined.

"There are 54,036 ballots that were cast in this election and for each race that qualified for a recount, we would have had to separate all the ballots by those races; one was a Democratic race, one was a Republican race," Buncombe County Election Services Director Corinne Duncan said. "So there's all these different ballot styles and that would take a lot of time to split those."

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Primary election results are officially certified in Buncombe County. Buncombe County primary election results are officially certified, but recounts loom

The Buncombe County Board of Elections met Friday to complete the canvass of votes cast in the May 17 primary. Canvassing is the official process of determining that the votes have been counted and tabulated correctly. That results in the authentication of the official election results. The board examined the returns from precincts, absentee official ballots, the sample hand-to-eye paper ballot counts and provisional official ballots to conduct the canvass.

This process is especially important when it comes to close races -- and there were two!

"Every vote counts. So, whether it's absentee, your provisionals, the margins don't matter. We count them all. But when the margins are small, you can see that it really makes a difference," Buncombe County Election Services Director Corinne Duncan said.

There was a tie in the Republican primary for NC House 115 between candidates Pratik Bhakta and Sherry Higgins. A mandatory recount for that race will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at 50 Coxe Ave. It is open to the public.

Ties are pretty rare in elections in Buncombe County. County election officials said the last one they recall was in 2009, when Keith Snyder and Sarah Gassaway each received 173 votes in the Woodfin Water and Sewer District race.

There was also a 101-vote difference between incumbent Todd Williams and Courtney Booth in the Democratic primary for district attorney. Booth may request a recount of that race by noon Wednesday, June 1.

Booth sent News 13 the following statement:

With only 101 votes of separation, I believe our community has spoken and is ready for true reform of a broken criminal justice system. I’m very appreciative of the outpouring of support and I look forward to a recount, as authorized by statute. Regardless of the outcome, I stood up to truly reform this broken system. Our community must keep striving for a criminal justice system reflective of our values. I am hopeful knowing that we will keep fighting for reform."

Find the official results here.

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