McCrory campaign files protest in 50 counties, Cooper campaign calls it desperation

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN/AP) – Protests are being filed in 50 counties to challenge what the McCrory campaign calls 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.

These protests follow the discovery of North Carolina Democrat Party-funded political action committees which the McCrory campaign says 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 in Alamance, Alexander, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Camden, Carteret, Cherokee, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Hoke, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Lee, Madison, Martin, Meckenburg, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Orange, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Stanly, Stokes, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne.

The Cooper campaign responded saying, “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.”