David Rouzer: GOP Hopeful Wants Recount

November 22, 2012 by  

David Rouzer: GOP Hopeful Wants Recount, Republican challenger David Rouzer has requested a recount in the race for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Rouzer, a state senator from Johnson County, trails incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre by 655 votes, a margin of 0.2 percent among the nearly 337,000 ballots cast. That’s within the 0.5 percent margin to trigger a recount under state law, if requested by a candidate.

In a statement, Rouzer said he wants to ensure every “legal vote” cast is properly and accurately counted, pointing to the potential for human error as exhibited by a vote counting error found corrected in Bladen County.

Poll workers there accidently counted the votes from one precinct twice. The mistake was discovered during a routine check of the tally conducted the day after the election.

“In a race this close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome,” Rouzer said.

State Board of Elections executive director Gary O. Bartlett said a machine recount will be held Monday and Tuesday at an estimated cost of $50,000.

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