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New Election for Ag Post in NC to Take Place

Looks like they finally are going with another vote since the e-vote machines “lost” over 4,000 votes. (AP):

Following nearly two months of court fights and wrangling over lost votes, the North Carolina Board of Elections on Wednesday ordered a new statewide election for the closely contested race for agriculture commissioner.

Republican Steve Troxler leads Democratic incumbent Britt Cobb by 2,287 votes in final results from the Nov. 2 election. That figure was left in doubt by the discovery that an electronic voting machine error in Carteret County eliminated 4,438 votes.

No date was set for the new election, which won’t occur until April at the earliest and cost $3.5 million. Turnout is expected to be low, maybe less than 10 percent of the more than 3.3 million votes cast in November.

The board Nov. 30 had called for a special election limited to Carteret County, but a judge threw out that plan and told the board to come up with a new solution.

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