There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about just how the numbers are falling in NC-08. It all started when a precinct or machine was double counted in the wee hours Wednesday morning. It looked like Larry had picked up 122 votes. As it stands Hayes has 465 votes more than Larry.
There are almost 1500 provisional votes that have been cast, but I'm not sure if they've been validated yet. If so, Larry would need a little over 65% of them or 977 votes to win by one vote. Provisional votes will not be counted or added to the total until November 17.
The vote will be certified on November 28 and a recount can only be requested after the vote is certified. A recount can be requested if the difference in vote totals is less than 1% of the total votes cast. I can't imagine a scenario given these facts where this race will not face a recount.
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All counties but Mecklenburg have optical scan machines. Mecklenburg's electronic machines have a paper trail. Paper absentee and curbside ballots will be visually reviewed. There is plenty of room for human error and according to Larry Kissell, the DCCC and the NCDP, there is a team in place that is more than qualified to make sure every vote is counted.
We simply have to be patient and trust in those people who are trained to verify election results. I know it's hard. We want answers and we want them now.
Larry remains confident and is amazingly calm and confident. He has faith that the right people are in place to do the right thing.
What can we do? Keep our ears and eyes open. If you live in the 8th District and hear someone talking about a voting irregularity, ask them to report it. If you know of a voting irregularity, please report it. You can contact the Board of Elections in your area, the press, the police, the Democratic Party for your county or the North Carolina Democratic Party.
I'll have some more reports coming up about the campaign and some of the wonderful things that have happened as a result of it. If we hear anything I'll be sure to post it. Otherwise, please know that the folks handling this are the best at what they do. Our votes will be protected.