North Carolina Vote Scandal Turns Tables on GOP Claims of Fraud

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 7, 2018

Harris lost the absentee vote to Democrat Dan McCready in every county in the district except for Bladen, where Harris won more than 60 percent of the absentee ballots, The News & Observer has reported. For almost the past decade, Dowless has been hired by state and local candidates to "get out the vote", and his past efforts have also been marked with absentee mail-in ballot irregularities. North Carolina law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter.

Some voters said they handed their unsealed ballots over to one of these operatives.

In a press conference, a group of Republican legislators called for Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, to convene a bipartisan panel to investigate, claiming the state's elections board was not neutral despite having bipartisan representation.

The North Carolina Board of Elections is slated to hold an open hearing on or before December 21 to discuss the findings of its investigation. Furthermore, the suspiciously high non-return rates from Bladen (40%) and Robeson (62%) counties in a district where the overall non-return rate was 24% suggested all along that someone intercepted at least some of those ballots ... which is, again, why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina.

Woodhouse's comments on Thursday stand in contrast to his position earlier in the week when he dismissed the idea of a new election in the Ninth District.

The allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District are now supported by a devastating amount of evidence.

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Subpoenas have been issued for Harris's campaign, Red Dome (the political consulting firm Dowless has worked under), and the campaign of County Sheriff Jim McVicker, who also has paid for Dowless's services.

The state could order a new election.

"If there is what appears to be a very substantial question on the integrity of the election, clearly we would oppose Mr. Harris being seated until that is resolved", said Representative Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and incoming House majority leader.

"This is bigger than that one seat", Pelosi said. If the board hasn't certified the results by January 3, when the new Congress is sworn in, any member can object to Harris being seated.

"If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election", he said in a statement, adding that Harris should be certified the victor if the ballots in question would not have changed the outcome.

"What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation", said Sen. But he and his colleagues were cautious about saying whether a new election is necessary. 'If we find the irregularities and the vote count being where it is, then (a new election) certainly is an option'.

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