Election canvass completed

Published 8:37 am Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Slight changes occurred in canvassing Friday, but the outcomes of all political races in the Roanoke-Chowan region remained the same.

Friday, the Boards of Election in North Carolina spent the day canvassing results from the November 2 general election. Those canvasses are mandated by law to ensure the accuracy of the final tallies.

“There were a few changes during canvassing, but nothing that altered the outcome of the election,” Hertford County Board of Elections Supervisor Sheila Privott said. “There were no major changes.”

Bertie County Elections Supervisor Shirley Davenport reported the same outcome in her county.

“We had lots of provisional ballots that had to be counted, but nothing affected the outcomes reported on election night,” Davenport said.

Northampton County Board of Elections Supervisor Susie Squire was unavailable Monday for information on canvassing in that county.

All three counties reported high voter turnout for the election. Northampton County led the way with a 51.5 percent of its registered voters casting ballots while Bertie County was at 47 percent and Hertford County at 45 percent.

“I thought we did well,” Davenport said. “The voter turnout was 45 percent and I think that’s awesome.”

Privott said she too was pleased with the number of citizens participating in the electoral process.

“I think it was a good turnout, especially for a non-presidential election,” she said. “It was absolutely wonderful.”

Now that canvassing is over, the county boards of election have approximately two weeks before they begin the process of tallying the votes for the Instant Runoff Ballot for the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

A total of 13 candidates were vying to fill the vacancy left when Justice Jim Wynn was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeals. According to the instant runoff, the top two candidates move forward to allow voters who chose one of the two on their second or third ballot to be seated.

After the first ballot, Judge Cressie Thigpen, who was appointed to fill the vacancy when Wynn resigned, led with slightly more than 20 percent of the vote (395,341) with Doug McCullough in second with 15 percent of the vote (295,758).

Beginning November 29, each board of elections will examine ballots to see if voters who did not vote for Thigpen or McCullough as their original choice, made them their second or third choice.

The votes will then be added to their totals to determine who will take the seat on the Court of Appeals.