Preliminary election results are now available

Press release from Buncombe County: 

Buncombe County’s Primary Election has ended with more than 59,331 people casting votes between Election Day, Early Voting, and absentee by-mail – a voter turnout of 28.5 percent.Unofficial early voting results are posted publicly on the State Board of Elections’ Election Results Dashboard. To see how these compare to previous years, click here.

“I just want to thank all the voters who came out today to make their voices count,” said Buncombe County Elections Director Corinne Duncan. “You are the people choosing who we will see on the ballot in November. Precincts across the County ran smoothly today with no issues. Voters saw some new procedures in place with the photo ID requirement and ExpressVote ballot marking machines utilized during early voting. As always, thank you to all the voters, poll workers, election officials, commissioners, observers, candidates, parties, our board members, and all the county and city departments that work with us to make it all happen.”

Preliminary absentee results were posted at 7:30 p.m., and all early voting and a smattering of precincts had reported by 8:30 p.m. As of 9:35 p.m., all precincts had been counted. Provisional and some absentee ballots remain.

Election night marks the beginning of the statutorily required vote-counting and auditing processes after every election called “canvass.” Canvass is the entire process of ensuring votes have been counted correctly and required audits have been completed, culminating in the certification of results during meetings of every county board of elections. By law, these canvass meetings will be held by each county board of elections at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15. Any determination about a second primary would be made at that time.


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