Gov. McCrory Moves For Legal Defense Fund Approval

By Czarina Ara Lasco

Nov 12, 2016 06:00 AM EST

Jason Torchinsky, chief legal counsel for the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund, said: "No one knows for sure the outcome of the election, and tens of thousands of ballots remain outstanding and not yet counted."

On Thursday, the team of the Democratic nominee Roy Cooper said that it already employed Hillary Clinton' general counsel during the campaign, and two other lawyers in order to protect the apparent win of Cooper.

Cooper's Campaign Manager Trey Nix said, "We are confident that when the election results are certified it will confirm Tuesday's victory by governor-elect Cooper. "We expect Governor McCrory to accept the will of voters when the State Board of Elections, chaired by his appointees, certifies those results. In the meantime, the Cooper campaign will work to ensure that every vote is properly counted and to protect the integrity of our democratic process."

A contribution page for the McCrory fund has been established at

McCrory's attorney in the matter Torchinsky is with law firm Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky, has its offices in both Washington and Northern Virginia. The firm is known as it is specialized in election law and government ethics and lobbying matters.

In order to arrive to an official count in memo, the State Board of Elections has outlined the steps ahead, to wit:

"1) Absentee ballots. Mail-in absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 14.  Overseas and military absentee ballots are accepted through Nov. 17."

"2) Sample Audit. Every county conducts a sample hand-to-eye count of ballots in randomly selected precincts and one-stop locations to confirm results tabulated by machine. Counties must conduct their hand-to-eye counts in public."

"3) Provisional ballot meetings. Each county board of elections will meet before certifying the election to make decisions on provisional applications submitted by voters during early voting and on Election Day.  If the board determines that the voter is eligible, the provisional ballot is counted. Provisional ballots are cast when an individual's registration information does not appear in the poll books or there are other questions about that person's eligibility to vote."

"4) County canvass. County boards of elections will certify results at public meetings held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18."

"5) Recounts. For statewide contests this year, the vote difference must be 10,000 votes or less for a candidate to demand a recount after the county canvass. The demand for a recount must be in writing and received by the State Board of Elections no later than noon Tuesday, Nov. 22. If a recount is demanded, the State Board of Elections Office would issue a schedule, and the counties would conduct recounts individually during open meetings. For non-statewide contests, the difference between the candidates must be within 1 percent of the total votes cast in the ballot item."

"6) State canvass. The State Board of Elections will certify statewide results for all federal, statewide, multi-district and judicial contests at a public meeting held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.  Results in each contest are not considered official until that date."

McCrory previously served a record 14 years as the 53rd Mayor of the city of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009, and as a Charlotte city councilman from 1989 to 1995. McCrory was also appointed by George W. Bush to serve on the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) from 2002 to 2006. 

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