RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's constituencies are investigating possible irregularities with absentee voting in the 9th Congressional District of the…
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s constituencies are investigating possible irregularities with absentee voting in the 9th Congressional District of the State and refusing to certify the race weeks after the election day.
Unofficial results show Mark Harris, a Republican, defeating Democrat Dan McCready with 905 votes of 282,717 cast. At a Tuesday meeting to confirm statewide election results, the state election and ethics administration refused to confirm that contest even as it wrote at the state’s other congressional competitions.
The investigation seems to be focused on Bladen County, but an official in Robeson County said that the county has also been contacted. Government officials have not provided any other details. They cited a statute that allows them to enter a closed session to ensure that the election is “without the inconvenience of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the outcome of a choice”.
Elected officials confirmed Wednesday that a currency redder seized completed forms for reconciliation from any ballot and absence of container orders 7 November the day after the election.
Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said that state investigators had requested information that the county administrative board held an unusual number of absentee voting requests. Sten said county election officials began to keep track of who released a large number of registration forms and absentee polls and subsequently reported their concerns to the state administration in August.
Sten said the county’s residents had reported that people would go door to door, telling voters that their registrations had been lost and they needed to re-register.
“It did not feel right,” he said.
200 requested absentee votes did not return this year, Stone said, an unusually high figure. Bladen County also had an unusually large number of unreturned absentee ballots.
Patrick Gannon, Public Information Manager for the Board, said the investigation was ongoing and considered a “top priority.” Investigators work quickly to resolve the case, considering that a new congress will be held in early January, he said.
The district is currently represented by Robert Pittenger, defeated in the Republican primary of Harris, a conservative pastor. McCready, a business executive and veteran, challenged Harris in the district, extending from Charlotte almost to the state’s coast.
Harris came out 1,557 votes forward in Bladen County, who threw 9 398 votes in the race, according to state records. In Robeson County, McCready Harris consisted of 4,728 votes in almost 31,000 casts.
Gannon said that the board, which meets again on Friday, will not certify the race until the investigation is complete. Harris asked the board to speed up its review.
According to statute, the board may require a new election if it appears that the race has been challenged, a challenge that can be challenged in court.
Dallas Woodhouse, President of the Government Republican Party, threatened to take action if Harris is not certified fast.
Following the Board’s action Tuesday, Woodhouse launched a series of tweets directed to the Board. “. @ NCSBE must certify @ MarkHarrisNC9 asap or it will soon be in court” he said .
Harris tweeted a copy of a letter his team sent to the state board and said he prepares to serve the congress while asking for clarity.
“We were surprised by yesterday’s development at the election board but our team is fully committed. We trust the process,” he said in the statement.
McCready’s campaign did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
This is not the first time absent flipping from Bladen County has been questioned. In 2016, the government looked similar to concerns about foreign polls there and referred the matter to the American District Attorney for the Eastern District. The US law firm would not confirm if there was an investigation.
Don Connelly, spokesman for the US law firm, would not confirm or deny whether there is a 2016 or 2018 survey.
Two other house contests are unbound by the Associated Press competition in New York’s 27th district between Republican Commander Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray, who have acknowledged; and that in California’s 21st district where Democrat T.J. Cox this week took charge of the county over Commander David Valadao (R). If Cox wins and other results hold, the Democrats will have received 40 properties in the middle of the election.