Good evening all.
Welcome to the wacky world of election auditing. You will find 3 files attached with statistics and voter information for the May 17th Primary Election One Stop Period. The first is our normal daily spread sheet. The second is an additional work up of statistics by precinct and ballot style (R0002 has no school board race, R0003 is School Board 6, and R0004 is School Board 8). The third is an excel file that contains statistics and voter lists by location, party, and school board. When you open the excel file, tabs will be located at the bottom of the spreadsheet with separate lists by location, party, and the two school board districts that are on the primary ballot. LOB refers to the Board of Elections' Lobby.
The audit is clean so I do not foresee any issues with the one stop reporting group. Additional audits will take place after Tuesday.
If you have trouble with the excel file, please let me know and I can pull lists into pdf documents if you need them. I should be able to fill any requests tomorrow.
Results from the one stop ballots will be the first group announced on Tuesday. The Board will tabulate one stop groups prior to 7:30 so they will be immediately released to the public at close of polls on Tuesday at 7:30. Candidates and the public are welcome to come to our office at 7:30 for the release of one stop, mail ballots, and precinct results which we ask precinct officials to call in as soon as they are available and prior to travelling to our office. Additionally, results are uploaded to the State Board website but lag behind our verbal release because we have to wait on the tabulators to be brought back to the office in order to perform the upload to the state. The called in verbal release of precinct results do come with a disclaimer that mistakes could be made verbally and everyone should check the website later that night to confirm the call ins are correct. The upload files come straight from the tabulators and are not subject to human error. The verbal release is not legally required but we find candidates and those interested in results appreciate getting results as fast as possible. The link to the Beaufort County results website is here
. If you would like to follow statewide races, or districts with multiple counties, you simply need to change the county drop down on the left of the screen from Beaufort to State. I will also post the link to the Beaufort County Board of Elections website www.beaufortncboe.org on Tuesday.
Results on Tuesday night are unofficial. Approved mail in ballots postmarked by election day and received by the Friday after the election and approved election day provisional ballots will be tabulated and added to election day results and made official at the Board's canvass meeting on Friday, May 27th, at 11:00 am. Candidates can request a recount if the margin of cast votes is 1% or less between the first and second place finisher. For County Commissioner, candidates can request a recount if the margin of cast votes is 1% or less between the third and fourth place finisher. If the contest is statewide or a district that includes multiple counties such as NC House, the margin is 0.5%.
I apologize for this long email but wanted to cover information that you may have questions about over the next few days. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.
Kellie Harris Hopkins, Director
Beaufort County Board of Elections
1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104 / PO Box 1016
Washington, NC 27889