Yesterday we reported that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was challenging votes in 12 counties while trailing Attorney General Roy Cooper by approximately 5,000 votes.
Now McCrory has expanded his challenge to 52 of the state’s 100 counties, the Charlotte Observer reports:
The latest complaints say ballots were cast by people who were dead, were convicted felons or had already voted.
“With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities,” McCrory campaign manager Russell Peck said in a news release. “We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined.”
The expanded number of complaints will likely further delay the process of certifying election results, which currently have Democrat Roy Cooper leading McCrory by about 5,000 votes. Counties can’t finalize their election results until all complaints are resolved, according to a memo from the State Board of Elections.
McCrory’s reelection chances were badly damaged over massive financial losses incurred to the state after he signed the anti-LGBT HB2 bill into law, which forbid transgender people from choosing their own bathrooms and banned all local LGBT ordinances statewide.