North Carolina GOP leader says he's "horrified" by allegations of election fraud

Sunday, 09 Dec, 2018

"And so as of today, I am withdrawing my concession to Mark Harris". He said the state Republican Party believes these allegations should be fully investigated, and both Republicans and Democrats need to be held accountable for any voter fraud. This is after Harris, a former Baptist pastor, was declared the victor when his vote total exceeded his Democrat opponent, Dan McCready, by 905 votes.

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated", Mrs. Pelosi told reporters Thursday. He added that the State Board of Elections should "act immediately" and certify the results because "anything else is a disservice to the people of the Ninth District".

"We are not ready to call for a new election, yet, until the NCSBE completes the investigation or produces enough evidence that the votes/ballots in question would have changed the result or a substantial likelihood thereof", N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes wrote in a statement.

Robert Pittenger lost his primary by a narrow margin in May, he suspected something was amiss. The state board of elections dismissed his complaint. GOP officials have denied the report.

One of them, Jennifer Boyd, signed 57 ballot envelopes, almost 9% of all the absentee ballots that were cast in Robeson County.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked Thursday about allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th District, said deciding whom is seated is up to the House itself, not an outside authority or state election board. Bladen was the only county where a Republican won a majority of mail-in absentee voters.

The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

It's hard to fault the paper's reasoning.

Ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina, so how did it become an issue for Mark Harris?

Many voters were allegedly told by door-to-door canvassers that their registrations had been dropped and they should request an absentee ballot.

The Wake County district attorney's office in Raleigh and the State Bureau of Investigation are also conducting probes, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The Post.

People paid to collect ballots and who signed dozens of ballot envelopes as witnesses are connected to Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative hired by Harris's campaign to help "get out the vote". Harris, the Republican candidate, won more than 60 percent of the absentee vote.

However, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the victor. Pat McCrory, that alleged a "massive scheme" by a local political group to run an "absentee ballot mill" to improperly submit votes for a write-in candidate for a position Dowless was seeking. The same year, The New Yorker continued, Dowless was running to remain the incumbent vice-chairman of Bladen County's Soil and Water Conservation district board. Lawmakers there are trying to prevent the new leaders from exercising the power voters gave them, a tactic borrowed from the North Carolina Republican playbook after Democrat Roy Cooper beat McCrory in the governor's race in 2016.

The New York Times reported, "State officials are particularly concerned that people working on behalf of Mr. Harris's campaign picked up, 'harvested, ' absentee votes, a crime under North Carolina law". In other words, McCrory attributed fraud to the Democratic Party.

Highlighting the accusations in the rural North Carolina congressional district, Colbert told his viewers that Harris is a Baptist minister. And it isn't getting any neater as time goes on.

Some Virginia Democratic lawmakers want a congressional investigation into the matter.