Today is the day that the initial eye-hand recount of 3% of precincts in the 8th District will be started. The recount of 13 precincts chosen at random from the 10 counties is expected to last only two days.
As was discussed in the comments on this thread written by Sam Spencer, each county will have at least one precinct counted by hand with Cumberland, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counting two precincts.
Each precinct will be chosen at random by elections officials in each county according to an article in The Charlotte Observer. Of the 10 counties that make up the 8th District, Larry Kissell won six. Hayes carried Cumberland, Union and Cabarrus and Stanly counties.
The Observer and WCNC report that Larry only needs to pick up 10-12 votes for the state to call for a full eye-hand recount in every precinct. There are 226 precincts overall. This includes the early voting precincts. Larry needs 330 votes to overturn current results. This adds up to about 1.5 votes per precinct per my rudimentary math. This translates to closer to 19 votes overall. Again, I use very basic math to do the fancy extrapolatin' this calls for. I won't swear by my figures, but in Sam Spencer's piece he gave an estimate of 2-3 votes per precinct and that is a much safer bet than the 10-12 votes total given by the corporate media.
Here is a link(PDF) to the recount schedule. Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Scotland and Stanly counties will be counted today. I don't know whether results will show up at the SBOE site or not. From these, four precincts are from Kissell counties and three precincts are from Hayes counties. Keep your fingers crossed.