Friday, February 22, 2019

Breaking - North Carolina elections board

Maybe not so much breaking as broken yesterday afternoon.

N.C. elections board orders new race in disputed House district reported politico.com. The disputed 9th Congressional District will have a new election this year after testimony detailed a fraud scheme during the 2018 midterms.

After a closed session with the election board, the Republican candidate, Mark Harris, called for the special election. Harris’ campaign was marred by that fraud scheme that called into question the validity of the election in NC CD9.

[The] state board of elections voted Thursday to order a new election in the disputed 9th Congressional District, where no winner was declared in the 2018 midterms amid fraud allegations.

The board voted unanimously to call a new House race after hearing testimony that the November election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready was tainted by a scheme to collect and mark voters’ absentee ballots.

… Harris led McCready on election night by fewer than a thousand votes in the unofficial count, but the election board refused to certify the results, instead launching an investigation into allegations of fraud against Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative paid by the Harris campaign.

The investigation culminated in four days of hearings this week detailing the alleged collection and marking of voters’ absentee ballots by Dowless and operatives paid by him.

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