UPDATE: Recount confirms
Boswell win in Commissioner race
recount of election ballots conducted by the Dare County Board of
Elections on Thursday, Nov. 20, has confirmed that Beverly Boswell will
serve as the Dare County Commissioner for District 2.
recount results revealed that Republican challenger Boswell received
6,286 votes, compared to 6,256 votes cast for incumbent Democrat Max
Dutton. Boswell picked up three votes in the recount, and Dutton lost
two, changing the margin to 30 votes in her favor.
swearing in ceremony for the candidates elected or re-elected to office
will be on Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Dare County Board of
Commissioners meeting room.
UPDATE: Republicans take another
commissioner seat in voting canvass
By IRENE NOLAN
The four Republican candidates for seats on the Dare County Board of Commissioners made it a clean sweep this morning.
canvassing of the votes from the Nov. 4 general election by the county
Board of Elections has reversed the results in a tightly contested race
for Dare County Commissioner in District 3.
the official canvass, the Board of Elections announced Republican
Beverly Boswell the winner over incumbent Democrat Max Dutton by just
25 votes. In the unofficial results on election night, Dutton led Boswell by 60 votes.
reported on election night are not official and only include votes from
election day, one-stop early voting sites, and mail-in absentee ballots
that were received in time to be counted on election day.
County Elections Director Melva Garrison said this morning that several
factors contributed to the reversal – provisional ballots that were
cast on election day and later confirmed eligible, curbside
votes, timely mail-in absentee ballots that were received on or after
election day, and correcting a discrepancy in Wanchese precinct
official tally on Friday morning declared Boswell the winner with a
total of 6,283 votes to Dutton’s 6,258. Boswell ended up
with 50.1 percent of the vote to Dutton's 49.9.
said in a telephone call early this afternoon that he intended to ask
for a recount. The deadline for him to make the request in writing to
the Board of Elections is Monday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.
None of the other local races was affected by the canvass.
incumbent Jack Shea retained his seat on the Board of Commissioners on
Nov. 4. Wally Overman also retained the District 1 seat to which
he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard
Johnson. He prevailed over Democratic challenger Sandy Semans
in what was the biggest local upset of the election, newcomer
Republican Margarette Midgett Umphlett won over Democratic incumbent
this morning's switch, the county Board of Commissioners now has five
Republicans and two Democrats. Before the election, Democrats
controlled the seven-member board by a margin of four to three.
The new Republicans join Commissioner Bob Woodard on the board to give the GOP the majority.
only remaining Democrats are Warren Judge and Allen Burrus. Judge
is currently the board's chairman and Burrus is its vice-chairman,
though that is likely to change when the new board is sworn in next
swearing in ceremony for those candidates elected or re-elected to
office will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Dare County Board
of Commissioners meeting room located at 954 Marshall Collins Drive in
This morning, Burrus, who represents Hatteras Island on the board, was philosophical about the Republican takeover.
"I work with people, not 'R's or 'D's," he said.
For complete official Dare County election results, go to http://enr.ncsbe.gov/ElectionResults/?county_id=28.