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State elections board certifies primary election results

Jackson County Board of Elections in Sylva.
Lilly Knoepp
Jackson County Board of Elections in Sylva.

North Carolina’s March primary election results are now official.

The state Board of Elections voted on Tuesday to authenticate the totals for local races that were certified by county officials earlier this month. The state board also unanimously voted to certify North Carolina’s results in the presidential and governor’s primary as well as other statewide elections.

Canvass is the official process to ensure votes have been counted and tabulated correctly, leading to certification of the election results.

Each county certified results 10 days after Election Day at a canvass meeting that was open to the public.

The process included:

  •  A sample hand count audit 
  •  Reconciliation of the number of ballots cast
  • Confirming all eligible ballots were counted 

Winners of the primary advance to the general election.
To view the 2024 Primary Election Canvass & Certification overview, visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

Jose Sandoval is the afternoon host and reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio.