The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper in North Carolina, is calling for a new election in…
The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper in North Carolina, is calling for a new election in a “tainted” U.S. House race that has been fraught with allegations of election fraud.
In the editorial published Wednesday, the newspaper calls for the results of the election in the 9th Congressional District to be cast out and a new vote to take place. The district borders South Carolina and encompasses some Charlotte suburbs.
The race, initially thought to be won by Republican pastor Mark Harris Mark HarrisElectoral fraud claims roil North Carolina House race Second woman says she was paid to collect absentee ballots in North Carolina House race Hakeem Jeffries on GOP operatives in NC fraud probe: ‘Lock them up’ MORE has been embroiled in controversy since the state board of elections refused to certify the results amid allegations of voter fraud. 19659003] Harris held a narrow 900-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready after Election Day, prompting McCready to initially concede the race.
The election fraud investigation centers around allegations that groups of people collected absentee ballots from voters, which would violate North Carolina law.
Two people in the district have come forward claiming they were paid to collect the absentee ballots.
Both people said Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., who has been identified as an independent contractor for Harris’s campaign, paid them.
“The questions are left about how much Harris knew about the work being done on his behalf,” the Observer’s board wrote, but added that he “should have seen the smoke” surrounding Dowless, who the editors described as “dicey figure” in the state’s political circles.
“Calling for a new election would be an enormously significant decision for the board. Det skulle være gjort med støtte fra N.C. statutes and without a whiff of partisan politics, “the board added.
“The US House can and should order a new primary, given that results show Harris wins a startling 96 percent of the Blades absentee vote in his narrow 2018 primary victory over then incumbent Robert Pittenger Robert Miller PittengerHoyer: Dems will not seat Harris until North Carolina fraud allegations are resolved NC officials vote to hold hearing about alleged fraud in US House Race North Carolina New Members 2019 MORE “the board wrote, referring to ballots cast in one North Carolina county.
Harris defeated GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger in the May primary for his reliably red seat.
“Voters in the 9th District deserve the confidence that their election was free from fraud. North Carolina statute supports it. The evidence already demands it. The Board of Elections should start the election over, “the editorial board concludes.