Ballot count

County Board of Elections Chairperson Susie Cuthrell, foreground, feeds a ballot into a DS200 Monday at the BOE offices in Beaufort following a count of provisional and supplemental absentee ballots while Vice Chairperson Jeanette Deese looks on. (Jackie Starkey photo)

This article was last updated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020, with more information. 

BEAUFORT — After a count of provisional and supplemental absentee ballots Monday morning, the race for the County Board of Education’s District 4 remains tight with the candidates 14 votes apart.

Each candidate in the race, Travis Day and Andrea Beasley, picked up two additional votes among the 85 counted Monday, according to County Board of Elections members. As of that count, Mr. Day leads Ms. Beasley 815 to 801 in the March 3 Republican primary contest.

According to Board of Elections Director Caitlin Sabadish, the updated count leaves the race within the margin for a recount.

She confirmed Tuesday there are still four uncounted provisionals "but it doesn't look like any of those will affect D4."

The board will meet again at 9 a.m. Wednesday at its offices off Live Oak Street in Beaufort and at that time and count the remaining ballots. Canvass Day for the March 3 primary is set for Friday, at which time results become official.

The deadline for a candidate to request a recount is 5 p.m. the first business day after the canvass — Monday at 5 p.m.

The winner of the Republican primary will secure the seat on the school board representing Morehead City and Bogue Banks, as there is no Democratic candidate filed to oppose the winner in November’s general election.

Also Monday, the board conducted the mandated hand-eye audit using bipartisan teams to audit the presidential race on ballots from two polling places: North River and Broad Creek.

 

Disclosure: Ms. Beasley is the daughter of News-Times owners Lockwood and Nikki Phillips.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

 

(Previous report)

BEAUFORT — After a count of provisional and supplemental absentee ballots Monday morning, the race for the County Board of Education’s District 4 remains tight with the candidates 14 votes apart.

Each candidate in the race, Travis Day and Andrea Beasley, picked up two additional votes among the 85 counted Monday, according to County Board of Elections members. As of that count, Mr. Day leads Ms. Beasley 815 to 801 in the March 3 Republican primary contest.

According to Board of Elections Director Caitlin Sabadish, the updated count leaves the race within the margin for a recount.

BOE officials said at the end of Monday’s meeting a small number of ballots remain uncounted.

The board will meet again at 9 a.m. Wednesday at its offices off Live Oak Street in Beaufort and at that time could count the remaining ballots. Canvass Day for the March 3 primary is set for Friday, at which time results become official.

The winner of the Republican primary will secure the seat on the school board representing Morehead City and Bogue Banks, as there is no Democratic candidate filed to oppose the winner in November’s general election.

Also Monday, the board conducted the mandated hand-eye audit using bipartisan teams to audit the presidential race on ballots from two polling places: North River and Broad Creek.

 

Disclosure: Ms. Beasley is the daughter of News-Times owners Lockwood and Nikki Phillips.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

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