Recount delays in several counties will mean the state auditor election likely won’t be finalized until next week, the State Board of Elections said Thursday.
Elections officials had hoped the statewide machine recount requested by Republican Chuck Stuber – who trails incumbent Democrat Beth Wood by about 6,000 votes – would be complete Thursday. The state board will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to certify this year’s election results.
Board members will still meet to finalize nearly all races, including the race for governor, but the state auditor race will have to wait. Elections board spokesman Patrick Gannon said several counties will finish their recounts Friday, likely after the board meeting takes place.
The auditor race isn’t the only one with a recount, and Gannon said final certification of other recounted races might be delayed until next week as well.
Also Thursday, the Wake County Board of Elections completed a recount of the N.C. House race between Republican Rep. Marilyn Avila and Democrat Joe John.
Avila had trailed John by 391 votes before the recount, which didn’t change the outcome of the race. The recount pegged Avila’s loss at 384 votes.