Race for Governor: Cooper Names Transition Team, McCrory Campaign Cries Voter Fraud

Published Monday, November 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Compiled By Jesse Wood

The gubernatorial race between incumbent N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and current N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is so close, that in this case, every vote does matter. Out of more than 4.5 million votes, Cooper came out ahead in the unofficial count at the end of Election Day by just about 5,000 votes.

While Cooper was quick to declare victory, Gov. McCrory was quoted by WRAL as telling supporters at a N.C. GOP gathering in Raleigh on election night, “The race is not over in North Carolina. We’re going to check everything. We are going to make sure every vote counts in North Carolina.”

In the days since the election, the Cooper and McCrory campaigns have been firing off media releases with their respective spin and explaining their latest findings in the race for governor. Read for yourself below. 


Nov. 21

COOPER CAMPAIGN:

Gov.-Elect Cooper Accelerates Plans for New Administration; Appoints Transition Leadership 

Cooper

Cooper

Gov.-elect Roy Cooper today named co-chairs of his transition team to prepare for a change of leadership on January 1.

Cooper, the state attorney general who became the first challenger to defeat an incumbent N.C. governor, appointed Kristi Jones of Raleigh and Jim Phillips of Greensboro as transition co-chairs. Cooper appointed Ken Eudy, founder of Raleigh strategic communications firm Capstrat, as executive director of the transition.

Jones has served as Cooper’s chief of staff at the N.C. Department of Justice for more than a decade.Phillips is a resident of Greensboro and a partner of the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard.

“We have a lot to do,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians voted for a change two weeks ago. I have a lot of confidence in Kristi Jones, Jim Phillips and Ken Eudy to help me assemble a team that works every day for all North Carolinians.

“It’s 40 days until I take the oath of office. It would be irresponsible to wait any longer to tackle the issues we campaigned on across the state.”

Cooper’s lead over sitting Gov. Pat McCrory has grown as absentee votes and some provisional votes have been counted. McCrory and the state Republican Party have filed multiple elections challenges in an effort to create the narrative of a fraudulent election. 

Marc Elias, an attorney representing the Cooper campaign, said McCrory’s efforts to cast doubt on the election results won’t work. “Last week Gov.-elect Cooper increased his lead by nearly 3,000 votes and the campaign defeated numerous unfounded challenges,” Elias said. “Gov.-elect Cooper should proceed in taking the necessary steps to be sworn in on January 1 and start to deliver on the promise of building a North Carolina that works for everyone.” 

The Cooper campaign has activated a new website that will accept resumes for leadership positions in the new administration. Positions for most state government jobs will continue to be filled through the Office of State Human Resources. The website is http://www.coopertransition.org/

McCRORY CAMPAIGN

Nov. 21

Roy Cooper Should Stop Trying To Circumvent Electoral Process

Gov. McCrory

Gov. McCrory

The Pat McCrory Committee issued the following statement in response to Roy Cooper’s desperate press conferences attacking Governor McCrory:

“Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons? It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win. Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly.” – Ricky Diaz, Governor McCrory’s campaign spokesman

Fact: The State Board of Elections discovered over 339 convicted felons who voted early or absentee. This total does not include numbers from Election Day. (News & Observer on Twitter, 11/20/2016)

Fact: Over 90 counties have yet to complete their county canvases and finalize their vote totals. 

Fact: Protests are being filed in over 50 counties to challenge fraudulent absentee ballots and votes by felons, double and dead voters.(Charlotte Observer, 11/17/2016)

Fact: The State Board of Elections agreed to take up the Bladen County protest involving hundreds of potentially fraudulent absentee ballots – all apparently including votes for Cooper. (The Associated Press, 11/21/2016)


Nov. 20

COOPER CAMPAIGN

VIDEO: Roy Cooper on Election Results

RALEIGH, N.C.—Today, Roy Cooper released a video statement to thank his supporters and give an update on the election results:

“I want to thank you for your support throughout the last few years. Because of your hard work, we have won this race for Governor. The people of North Carolina have made clear that they want a change of leadership in the governor’s office – and that’s what we’re going to give them. 

Unfortunately, in the last few days we’ve seen Governor McCrory’s team use the same kind of misleading and dishonest rhetoric that we heard throughout the campaign. Rhetoric meant to cause confusion and fear. Governor McCrory is doing everything he can to undermine the results of this election and the will of the people. But we won’t let him. 

We came out ahead on Election Day, and our margin of victory has only grown since then. I am confident that once the results of the election are finalized, we will come out on top.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you my vision for moving North Carolina forward, so stay tuned. Thank you so much.”

Click here to view the video.


Nov. 19

COOPER CAMPAIGN

McCrory Campaign Sinks To New Low, Attempts To Disenfranchise Legitimate Voters By Claiming They’re Dead

Raleigh, NC – As Cooper’s margin of victory continues to grow, the McCrory campaign is sinking to new lows as they attempt to disenfranchise legitimate North Carolina voters. They have accused innocent people of being felons, recklessly and without legitimate evidence claimed that individuals voted twice, and even went as far as wrongly claiming voters were dead. The Winston-Salem Journal reported:

The elections board found that one of the alleged dead voters wasn’t dead: Instead, the name on one absentee ballot was that of someone living who has a name similar to that of a dead person. Elections officials determined that the dead person had a different middle name and social security number from the person who turned in the absentee ballot.

While the McCrory campaign is maligning voters, Roy Cooper’s margin of victory continues to grow, reaching 7,902 in the latest count.

“With no legitimate path to victory, it appears Governor McCrory’s last resort is to attack legitimate North Carolina voters.  This is simply shameful. It’s clear that the only fraud in this election is coming from the McCrory campaign. It’s time for Governor McCrory to stop these desperate attempts to undermine the election results and accept the will of the voters,” said Cooper spokesman Ford Porter.


Nov. 18 

McCrory Campaign

 McCrory Campaign’s Friday Afternoon Statement On Partial County Canvases

“More than eighty counties have postponed their canvas meetings until next week, so let’s be clear: the counting is not complete and there is still no certified outcome. Roy Cooper is making presumptuous statements based on piecemeal results from a handful of Democrat-leaning counties in order to deflect attention away from serious voter fraud concerns that are emerging across the state. The real question people should be asking is, ‘Why is Roy Cooper fighting to count the votes of dead people and felons?'”

– Ricky Diaz, Pat McCrory’s Campaign Spokesman

Nov. 18

Cooper Campaign

Cooper Lead Grows To Nearly 8,000 Votes

RALEIGH, NC– Roy Cooper’s margin of victory continues to grow, reaching 7,902 in the latest count.

As Cooper’s margin of victory grows, Governor McCrory’s efforts to undermine election results are failing. Board of Elections officials have rejected unfounded election protests from the McCrory campaign in Durham, Orange, Wake, Halifax, Lee and Mecklenburg Counties. All boards are controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration.

“This race is over. There is no path to victory for Governor McCrory. While the McCrory campaign’s false accusations have been rejected, Roy Cooper’s lead has grown to nearly 8,000 votes. It’s time for Governor McCrory to respect the will of the voters and stop the desperate attempts to undermine the results of this election,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.

Cooper Lead Grows To Nearly 7,500 Votes As McCrory Complaints Rejected

RALEIGH, NC– This afternoon, Roy Cooper’s margin of victory has grown to 7,448.

As Cooper’s margin of victory grows, Governor McCrory’s campaign is collapsing. Today, the Durham County Board of Elections unanimously dismissed an unfounded election protest from the McCrory campaign. Complaints have also been dismissed in Orange, Wake, Halifax, Forsyth and Mecklenburg Counties. All boards are controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration.

“This race is over. There is no path to victory for Governor McCrory. While the McCrory campaign’s false accusations have been rejected, Roy Cooper’s lead has grown to nearly 7,500 votes. It’s time for Governor McCrory to respect the will of the voters and stop the desperate attempts to undermine the results of this election,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.

In Major Blow To McCrory Campaign, Durham County BOE Dismisses Complaint

Today, in a major blow to the McCrory Campaign’s efforts to undermine election results, the Durham County Board of Elections unanimously dismissed an unfounded election protest from the McCrory campaign.  Complaints have also been dismissed in Orange, Wake and Halifax Counties. All boards are controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration.

While the McCrory campaign attempts to spread misinformation in an effort to undermine election results, Cooper’s lead continues to grow. Currently, Cooper leads by 6,026 votes.

“These rulings are a major blow to the efforts of the McCrory campaign to undermine the results of an election they have lost. These desperate attempts to disenfranchise voters must stop. It’s time for Governor McCrory to accept that Roy Cooper is the clear winner of this election,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter. 

Orange County Rejects False McCrory Complaints

RALEIGH, N.C.— The McCrory campaign’s allegations continue to fall apart as three counties have now dismissed their unfounded election protests: Orange, Wake and Halifax. All boards are controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration.

While the McCrory campaign attempts to spread misinformation in an effort to undermine election results, Cooper’s lead continues to grow. Currently, Cooper leads by 6,026 votes.

“These rulings make clear that these complaints are nothing more than dishonest efforts from the McCrory campaign to undermine the results of an election they have lost. These desperate attempts to disenfranchise voters must stop. It’s time for Governor McCrory to accept that Roy Cooper is the clear winner of this election,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.

Updated: More False McCrory Complaints Rejected

RALEIGH, N.C.— In addition to Wake County, Halifax County has also dismissed unfounded election protests from the McCrory campaign. Both boards are controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration.

While the McCrory campaign attempts to spread misinformation in an effort to undermine election results, Cooper’s lead continues to grow. Currently, Cooper leads by 6,026 votes.

“These rulings make clear that these complaints are nothing more than dishonest efforts from the McCrory campaign to undermine the results of an election they have lost. These desperate attempts to disenfranchise voters must stop. It’s time for Governor McCrory to accept that Roy Cooper is the clear winner of this election,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.

Republican Controlled BOE Dismisses Unfounded McCrory Complaints

RALEIGH, N.C.–Today, the Wake County Board of Elections, controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory Administration, dismissed unfounded election protests from the McCrory campaign.

While the McCrory campaign attempts to spread misinformation in an effort to undermine election results, Cooper’s lead continues to grow. Currently, Cooper leads by 6,026 votes.

“This ruling from the Board of Elections makes clear that these allegations are nothing more than dishonest efforts from the McCrory campaign to undermine the results of an election they have lost. These desperate attempts to disenfranchise voters must stop. It’s time for Governor McCrory to accept that Roy Cooper is the clear winner of this election,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.

Cooper Lead Grows To Over 6,000 Votes

With additional counties reporting absentee and provisional ballot vote totals, Cooper’s margin of victory has grown to 6,026 votes. 

Cooper’s lead grew after Wake County reported absentee ballot numbers showing a net gain of 823 votes for Cooper. 

“Roy Cooper’s lead has now grown to over 6,000 votes. The results of the election are clear – voters have chosen Roy Cooper to be their next Governor. There is no path to victory for Governor McCrory, it’s time for him to stop the desperate attempts to undermine the results of the election,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.


Nov. 17

McCrory Campaign

Ballots Cast By Dead, Double and Felon Voters Challenged In 50 NC Counties
Additional Ballot Protests Expected As Voter Fraud Concerns Grow

Protests are being filed in 50 counties to challenge known instances of votes being cast by dead people, felons or individuals who voted more than once. Additional ballot protests are expected as additional cases are discovered.

“Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined.” 

These protests follow the discovery of North Carolina Democrat Party-funded political action committees which appear to have paid individuals to fill out and witness hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots for Democrats including Roy Cooper in Bladen County and potentially 11 others. The protests urge each county board of elections conduct a full scale investigation into these absentee ballots and review all witness signatures on these absentee ballot envelopes to look for evidence of obvious ballot harvesting, which could impact thousands of votes. These protests also request that the county election boards conduct this review before certifying the final number of lawful votes during their respective canvasses.

Protests are being filed by registered voters with each county elections boards to void anywhere between 100 to 200 ballots cast by suspected felons, dead people and double voters in the following counties:

  1. Alamance
  2. Alexander
  3. Beaufort
  4. Bertie
  5. Bladen
  6. Brunswick
  7. Buncombe
  8. Burke
  9. Cabarrus
  10. Camden
  11. Carteret
  12. Cherokee
  13. Cleveland
  14. Craven
  15. Cumberland
  16. Davidson
  17. Durham
  18. Edgecombe
  19. Forsyth
  20. Gaston
  21. Gates
  22. Granville
  23. Greene
  24. Guilford
  25. Halifax
  26. Harnett
  27. Haywood
  28. Hoke
  29. Iredell
  30. Jackson
  31. Johnston
  32. Lee
  33. Madison
  34. Martin
  35. Meckenburg
  36. Moore
  37. Nash
  38. New Hanover
  39. Orange
  40. Person
  41. Pitt
  42. Richmond
  43. Robeson
  44. Rockingham
  45. Stanly
  46. Stokes
  47. Vance
  48. Wake
  49. Warren
  50. Wayne

Nov. 17

Cooper Campaign

McCrory Administration failures delay vote tally as Cooper lead grows

RALEIGH, NC – As Roy Cooper’s margin of victory continues to grow, the McCrory Administration Department of Motor Vehicles has delayed the final canvass of votes by failing to work with Board of Elections officials to examine provisional ballot requests. 

On Election Day, thousands of voters found that they were not registered to vote after registering with the McCrory DMV. County Boards of Elections have sought to work with the DMV to verify these ballots, but the McCrory Administration has failed to comply in time for Friday’s deadline, pushing the final canvass into next week.

Instead of working to examine provisional ballots, at least one senior DOT employee has been sent by the Governor to monitor county boards of elections. In the meantime, the Governor has sought to undermine the results of the election with unfounded claims of voter fraud after he was defeated for re-election last Tuesday.

“Governor McCrory lost in last week’s election. But while Roy Cooper’s margin of victory has continued to grow, the McCrory Administration is delaying certification of these results with a failure to comply with the State Board of Elections’ deadline. This is unacceptable. Both the McCrory campaign and Administration are seeking to undermine the results of an election they lost. It’s time to certify these results and confirm Roy Cooper’s victory,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.

Response To McCrory Efforts to Undermine Election Results

Today, Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter released the following statement in response to the McCrory campaign’s latest efforts to undermine election results:

“Governor McCrory has set a new standard for desperation in his attempts to undermine the results of an election he lost. The truth is this election was administered by Republicans appointed by Governor McCrory himself. 

Roy Cooper’s margin of victory has grown since Election Day and will continue to grow stronger as final votes are tallied. Voters chose a new Governor, it’s time for the McCrory campaign to accept it.”


McCRORY Campaign

Protests Being Filed In 11 Counties Over Potentially Fraudulent Absentee Ballots

Raleigh, N.C. – Formal protests are being filed to challenge potentially fraudulent absentee ballots cast for Roy Cooper and other Democrats in 11 additional counties. These protests follow the discovery of a North Carolina Democrat Party-funded political action committee which appears to have paid individuals to fill out and witness hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots for Democrats including Roy Cooper in Bladen County. 

Gov. McCrory

Gov. McCrory

In addition to funneling money to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, the North Carolina Democratic Party simultaneously transferred money to political action committees in these 11 counties. Similar absentee voting and handwriting patterns as in Bladen County have been discovered in at least one of these counties, suggesting these PACs may have been harvesting and witnessing multiple absentee ballots as well. 

“It appears that our worst fears have come true and this absentee ballot fraud scheme may run deeper than just Bladen County,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager. “Unfortunately, we may also have uncovered the real reason Roy Cooper fought so hard against efforts to prevent voter fraud as attorney general. These voter fraud concerns must be addressed before the results of the election can be finalized.” 

A protest has been filed today in Halifax County and additional protests are being filed by registered voters in Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Guilford, Nash, Northampton, Robeson, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. The protests urge each county board of elections conduct a full scale investigation into these absentee ballots and review all witness signatures on these absentee ballot envelopes to look for evidence of obvious ballot harvesting. 

These protests also request that the county election boards review these envelopes before certifying the final number of lawful votes on Friday. 

Many of these counties denied citizens the right to review absentee ballot envelopes to look for similar patterns, but there are thousands of absentee ballots in these 11 counties that need to be reviewed to ensure that only lawful, valid votes are counted in this election. 

Click here to download the Halifax County protest.


Nov. 17

COOPER Campaign

Cooper Lead Grows To 5,785 Votes

RALEIGH, NC–With additional counties reporting absentee and provisional ballot vote totals, Cooper’s margin of victory has grown to 5,785 votes. 

Cooper

Cooper

That lead will only continue to grow as more counties that favor Cooper report final tallies. Of Cooper’s top 8 performing counties – Mecklenburg, Wake, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Buncombe, Forsyth, and Cumberland — only Mecklenberg, Buncombe, and Orange have reported their late absentees and only Orange has reported its provisional ballot totals.

The State Board website shows Cooper with a smaller lead (4,862 votes), because they have not yet uploaded the latest numbers reported by county boards – those include Mecklenburg (+384 in late absentees), Orange (+545 in late absentees; +62 in provisionals), and Buncombe (+155 in late absentees).

“As Roy Cooper’s lead grows stronger, the McCrory campaign gets more desperate in their attempts to undermine the results of this election. It is clear that Governor McCrory has no path to victory and that Cooper’s margin of victory will only grow stronger as final vote totals continue to come in,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.


Nov. 16

McCRORY Campaign 

McCrory Campaign Pleased Durham County Board Of Elections Moving Forward

Raleigh, N.C. – “We are pleased the Durham County Board of Elections decided to move forward with proceedings and hopefully will begin to get answers to the many questions people have. Last night, the State Board of Elections released an affidavit from one of their staff that identified at least 6 errors in Durham’s reported numbers, and these public officials must make sure that all of their reported numbers are 100% accurate. We believe it is in everyone’s best interest to get to the bottom of what happened so that people can have faith in the results, process and system.” – Ricky Diaz, Pat McCrory Campaign Spokesman 

100s of Fraudulent Cooper Ballots Discovered, Challenged In Bladen County 
NC Democrats-Funded PAC Involved In Apparent Massive Voter Fraud Scheme

Gov. McCrory

Gov. McCrory

Raleigh, N.C. – A formal protest has been filed with the Bladen County Board of Elections to challenge several hundred apparently fraudulent absentee ballots cast for Roy Cooper and other Democrats in Bladen County.

Initial evidence laid out in the protest suggests a “massive scheme to run an absentee ballot mill involving hundreds of ballots, perpetrated by and through the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC,” a political action committee funded by the N.C. Democrat Party and other prominent statewide Democrats.

The protest, filed by Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor McCrae Dowless and corroborated by a forensic handwriting expert, notes “shocking evidence resulting from a blatant scheme to try to impact the voting results of an entire county and perhaps even sway statewide and federal elections,” including the gubernatorial race.

Click here to read the protest.

“With hundreds of fraudulent votes found in just one North Carolina county for a straight Democratic ticket, close examination of this election is required to make sure the true winner of the election is properly determined,” said Jason Torchinsky, legal counsel for the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund. “The staggering evidence of voter fraud in Bladen County and the number of similar PACs that the North Carolina Democratic Party donated to shortly before the start of early vote requires close examination throughout the state.” 

The fraudulent ballots were identified as problematic after Dowless brought suspicions of voter fraud in his race for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor to the attention of the Bladen County Board of Elections prior to Election Day. 

According to Bladen County Board of Elections officials, an “overwhelming number” of suspicious write-in votes cast for Democrat Franklin Graham in the race for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor appear to have “overtly similar” handwriting patterns on the ballots and witness signatures. In many cases, dozens of ballots appear to be filled out and witnessed by the same person without indicating that any voter assistance was provided, a clear example of voter fraud in violation of North Carolina election law. The county and state Boards of Elections are investigating.

Click here to read the letter from the Bladen County Board of Elections to the State Board of Elections.

Yesterday, the Bladen County Board of Elections allowed the ballots in question to be reviewed by a forensic handwriting expert who corroborated the account that numerous ballots were filled out by the same people. In addition to the write-in votes for Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, the fraudulent absentee ballots appear to have been mostly straight ticket votes for Democrats in all other offices, including gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper. 

The protest filed by Dowless challenges the fraudulent votes cast in the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor race in addition to all other votes cast in state, local and federal races listed on these ballots. The protest calls for the invalidation of these votes as fraudulent. 

Many of the witnesses who filled out and signed the fraudulent ballots in question have received financial disbursements from the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC for “G.O.T.V.”, according to disclosure reports filed with the State Board of Elections. It is illegal to exchange money for votes or to pay someone to commit voter fraud in the State of North Carolina and under federal law.

Dowless lists many striking examples in his protest, including one very active absentee ballot “witness” who personally validated at least 67 mail-in absentee ballots and appeared to have written in Franklin Graham at least 71 times. In further shocking evidence of this scheme, the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC filed reports with the North Carolina State Board of Elections admitting they paid these individuals multiple payments for “G.O.T.V.” or “Get-Out-The-Vote” operations.

According to disclosure reports, among the largest contributors to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC are the North Carolina Democratic Party and candidates for statewide and countywide offices, such as: Mike Morgan, Wake County district court judge and Supreme Court justice-elect; June Atkinson, superintendent of public instruction; Ken Spaulding, former gubernatorial candidate; Dan Blue III, state senator and former candidate for state treasurer; Chris Rey, mayor of Spring Lake and former candidate for U.S. Senate; G. Michael Cogdell, Bladen County commissioner.

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Click here to download recent financial disclosure forms: 2016 Q1; 2016 Q2; 2016 Q3.

The Bladen County Improvement Association PAC has been operating in North Carolina for 30 years and has had longstanding ties to prominent Democrat leaders, including former Democrat State Senators Tony Rand, R.C. Soles and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. Little else is known about the PAC or its activities, but according to a recent report by WWAY, it is suspected to be run by sitting Democrats on the Bladen County Commission.


Cooper

Cooper

Nov. 16

COOPER Campaign

Cooper Lead Continues To Grow With Absentee and Provisional Ballot Counts

RALEIGH, NC – With 16 counties reporting absentee vote totals, and some counties beginning to report provisional ballot totals, Cooper’s margin of victory continues to grow. As of this morning, Cooper’s lead over Governor McCrory has grown to 5,398 votes.  

“Roy Cooper’s lead continues to grow stronger. With every day we are more confident that Cooper’s election night victory will be confirmed after the final vote canvass. We hope that with this clear margin of victory, Governor McCrory will stop all efforts to undermine the results of this election,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.


Nov. 15

Gov. McCrory

Gov. McCrory

McCRORY Campaign

McCrory Campaign Responds To Durham County Board of Election’s Inexplicable Press Conference

Raleigh, N.C. –  “It’s pretty troubling that the chairman of the Durham County Board of Elections, which is currently under investigation for mishandling ballots in the March 2015 primary, can claim that nothing improper happened before conducting a thorough investigation or manual recount. Instead of inexplicably trying to protect their damaged reputation and prejudging the outcome, the Durham County Board of Elections should focus on ensuring votes are properly counted. If they are right, there’s no harm in a recount of the precincts in question, and if they are wrong, the recount will correct errors and resolve legitimate concerns.” – Ricky Diaz, Pat McCrory’s campaign spokesman


Nov. 15

Cooper Campaign:

Cooper’s Lead Grows As Ballot Counting Continues

RALEIGH, NC – With 10 counties reporting absentee vote totals, Cooper’s margin of victory has grown. After the first day of counting late absentee votes, Cooper gained 408 votes over McCrory, building his lead to 5,387 votes. 

As results are reported, Cooper is seeing a strong margin of support from absentee ballots counted after election day:

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Cooper % post E-Day Abs – the percentage of the support Cooper received in absentee ballots counted after Election Day.

Cooper % E-Day Abs – the percentage of the support Cooper received in absentee ballots counted before or on Election Day.

“As the vote counting continues, Roy Cooper’s lead is growing stronger. With every day we are more confident that Cooper’s election night victory will be confirmed after the final vote canvass on Friday. It’s disappointing to see Governor McCrory make false attacks against his own appointees and seek to undermine election results as our victory becomes more clear. We hope that he will respect the will of the voters and the integrity of our election process which has been overseen by a Republican-controlled Board of Elections,” said Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix.


The following release comes from the Watauga Chapter of the N.C. NAACP 

Watauga NAACP Seeks Voters Who Cast General Election Provisional Ballots
Voters Asked to Contact the NC NAACP Voter Protection Team

nc naacpBoone, NC: On Nov. 10, 2016, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP, shared a post-election message for moving forward. “Those who have struggled against injustice must not take this election personally” said Dr. Barber. “We cannot blame our neighbors. We are inheritors of a legacy that has rejected justice, but remember, we are also the heirs of great dissenters.”

Our work is far from over. Even now, we must still safeguard the fundamental right to vote   and ensure that post-election procedures are properly executed. This week, local County Boards of Election will meet periodically to count provisional ballots that were cast in the general election. It is the NC NAACP’s goal to make sure that all legitimate votes are counted.

The Watauga NAACP Branch, along with all NAACP branches across the state of North Carolina, has been activated to ensure that the community’s voice is represented in these Local County Board of Elections meetings. We are calling on all individuals who cast provisional ballots in this election to contact us if you are in need of assistance. The NC NAACP voter protection team wants to provide you with information on the provisional ballot counting process, and guarantee that your vote is counted if you are qualified to vote under the law.  

If you cast a provisional ballot – or were refused one when you asked – during the Early Voting period (Oct. 20th – Nov. 5th) or on Election Day (Nov. 8th), and would like assistance, please call NC NAACP at 919-308-9085 OR email: [email protected] OR [email protected]. Now more than ever, we need you to make a final push in this fight for our democracy. The North Carolina NAACP will keep working to protect your vote and to see that fairness and justice is done on all fronts.

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