North Carolina counties won’t finish count Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A complete tally of votes in North Carolina that could affect the close governor’s race won’t be finished on time because of pending ballot challenges and a court order about people who believed they registered at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

State Board of Elections spokesman Pat Gannon said Thursday that several of the state’s 100 counties have already said they won’t complete their counting by Friday’s deadline. State law gives them more time to complete their canvass.

Gannon cited pending county election protests for the delay and collecting information from DMV about people who cast provisional ballots and insist they registered or updated their registration address at the agency.

A delay extends uncertainty about the vote margin between Democrat Roy Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory and whether the trailing candidate will seek a recount. Cooper now leads by about 4,750 votes.