The state canvassing board met Friday afternoon to certify the results of the Nov. 6 general election.
It took the board about 40 minutes to certify the results of the federal and state races. Official results, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office, show that a total of 325,862 votes were cast. Turnout was at 61.16 percent, setting a new general election voting record in North Dakota.
The previous record was set in 1984, when 324,179 votes were cast.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger noted that in two races the margin of victory is close enough for a candidate to demand a recount — the U.S. Senate race and District 24 state House race.
Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., who lost the U.S. Senate race, has indicated he won’t seek a recount. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp beat Berg by 2,936 votes.
Democratic House candidate Sharon Buhr finished 50 votes behind Republican Dwight Kiefer in the race for a House seat in District 24. Buhr couldn’t be reached immediately for comment Friday. The district includes Barnes County and parts of Ransom and Cass counties in southeastern North Dakota.
Under state law, a candidate can demand a recount if the vote total is more than one-half of 1 percent but less than 2 percent below the highest vote-getter.
Jaeger said candidates in races eligible for a demand recount must notify the secretary of state’s office by Monday afternoon.
If a candidate demands a recount, the secretary of state must set the date or dates for a recount in a legislative race within seven days. The date or dates for a statewide race recount must be set within 14 days.
Complete election results can be found at http://results.sos.nd.gov .
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)