The recount of District 2 votes for Buncombe County Commissioner finished early, but that doesn’t mean anything. Mike Fryar had 19,991 votes; Ellen Frost, 19,903; Christina Kelly G. Merrill, 19,886; and Carol Weir Peterson, 19,868. The top two vote-getters will be seated on the board, but third-place Merrill has asked for a manual recount. If the results from counting votes in three randomly-selected districts varies significantly from the machine tallies, all ballots will be recounted. Whoever gets the second seat will be sworn in late. Merrill is also challenging the dismissal of her protest alleging proper procedures were not followed in dealing with the Warren Wilson College mixup.
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