N.C. GOP Leader Open To New Election As Fraud Investigation Continues

N.C. GOP Leader Open To New Election As Fraud Investigation Continues

McCready's move comes after the head of the state Republican Party said he would support a new election in the state's unresolved congressional race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome.

McCready, an Iraq War veteran who outraised Harris in the campaign, initially conceded the day after the election, when Harris' lead was less than 1,900 votes. If true, the charges sharply contrast with those that Republicans have used to justify ballot restrictions around the country, said Myrna Perez, a voting-rights expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school.

They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year.

As the investigation deepens into election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, the story has been getting national attention.

Of the 1,300 or so absentee ballot requests Bladen County received, Dowless turned in nearly half of those on behalf of voters. Sources told the Post that the state GOP "did little to scrutinize the results", and focused instead on the general election.

Nearly a month after Republican Mark Harris declared victory in his North Carolina race for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state's election board is declining to certify the result as it probes mail-in ballots from two rural counties that have been called into question.

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Pelosi, who's nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said Thursday that 'any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect.' She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

"The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the victor of the election", Pelosi added. Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina's Democratic Party chairman, said residents claim activists went door to door seeking unsigned or unsealed absentee ballots, and then offering to cast the votes on their behalf.

"This has shaken us to the core", he said. North Carolina Republicans argued that hundreds of ballots submitted in Dowless's race for the Soil and Water Conservation board seat bore similar handwriting, and thus the results were suspect, even though Dowless won his race for reelection, The New Yorker reported.

There's now new evidence that links Dowless to Robeson County and suggests he employed at least one person there: Jennifer Boyd, who served as one of two legally required witnesses for an unusually high number of people, 55, when they filled out their absentee ballots, according to a WSOC review of the forms.

"Several individuals have admitted that McCrae Dowless paid them to harvest these absentee ballots and drop them off to him personally", Goodwin said. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican. That's one reason the GOP would be better off if the state held a new election for NC-09 and resolved the defects on their own.

If the board concludes that the irregularities tainted those results, it could toss them and call for a new election. Tommy Tucker of Union County.

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