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Rouzer Asks For Recount in 7th District

The Republican challenger to 7th District Democratic congressman Mike McIntyre has requested a recount. David Rouzer trails McIntyre by 655 votes, a number that's small enough for him to ask to have the ballots counted again. Now, all nine counties in the southwestern congressional district will start the process early next week. Gary Bartlett heads the State Board of Elections.

Gary Bartlett: "The paper ballot that's put through the tabulator. they will reinsert every ballot through the tabulator. They will also do the same thing with absentee mail absentees and the provisionals. They will tally and they will enter in their figures and send it up just like election day."

At the end of that process, if Rouzer has more votes, then McIntyre can request a manual recount of a random sample of ballots. After that there could be a manual count of the entire district. Counties in the 7th District are required to cover the costs of the recount.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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