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State officials investigate potential election fraud in North Carolina; emergency hearing possible

State officials investigate potential election fraud in North Carolina; emergency hearing possible

But Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, has gone from claiming this was all a Democratic conspiracy to worrying over the mounting allegations and how they may hurt the party.

A campaign lawyer said earlier this week that it wasn't aware of any illegal conduct in the 9th District race. "Unless new evidence somehow clears the clouds hanging over this election, the Board of Elections should toss out the 9th District results".

"Any member-elect can object to the seating, the swearing in, of another member-elect and we will see how that goes", she said.

LUMBERTON, N.C. ― McCrae Dowless, the political operative at the center of an election fraud investigation in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, now appears to be connected to both counties in the district where a suspiciously high number of absentee ballots were never returned to election officials.

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, the incoming majority leader, told reporters this week that Democrats could refuse to seat Harris.

Top state Republican officials said Thursday they could support a new election in the 9th Congressional District only if the board uncovers "an overwhelming amount of evidence" that fraud changed the outcome of the vote or that "there is a substantial likelihood that it could have been (changed)". Dowless, moreover, may have been running schemes like this for years, financed partially by contributions from the Bladen County Republican Party.

It was close, but North Carolina Republican Mark Harris was jubilant on election night. It's not about the one House seat, it's about the "integrity of elections", she said.

However, he said that if the outcome would not have been changed, the Republican candidate should be certified the victor.

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In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, some Bladen County voters have described that people came to their homes to collect their absentee ballots, whether or not they had been fully completed or sealed in an envelope to keep them from being altered.

The state board of elections has refused to certify the election results, and plans to meet on or before December 21 to hold a hearing on its current investigation into the allegations.

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence claimed large numbers of illegal immigrants have cast ballots and raised the specter of election fraud during routine but protracted vote counts after the November 6 elections.

Unlike in Bladen County, Democrat Dan McCready won more of the absentee vote in Robeson County than Republican Mark Harris did. The second witness on numerous absentee forms Boyd signed was Lisa Britt, who told BuzzFeed she worked for Dowless.

The board, appointed by the governor, is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and one non-partisan member. "[But] if voter fraud was committed by Republicans, then yes, that would be ironic", said Carter Wrenn, a Republican consultant based in North Carolina who is not affiliated with either campaign. Dowless worked as a contractor for Harris' chief strategist in the campaign, Harris campaign lawyer John Branch confirmed Tuesday.

There are also claims that incomplete ballots were collected and then filled out later, Cohen said. North Carolina requires witnesses to sign absentee ballots. That panel can open its own probe with full investigative powers, including subpoenas, hearings and even deciding which votes should count.

Voters in North Carolina faced potential election fraud years before the 2018 midterm results in the state were called into question, according to a Washington Post report.


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