RALEIGH, NC – Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina, whose campaign is at the heart of a fraud statement, on Thursday demanded a new election.
“I think a new election should be called,” Mr Harris told the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday the fourth day of a hearing that investigated allegations of an illegal voter division.
“It has become clear to me that public confidence in the ninth district’s general election has been undermined to the extent that a new election is justified,” said Harris Harris to the hearing gas in the hearing room of the capital North Carolina.
Mr. Harris’s announcement on Thursday afternoon was a sudden collapse of the Republican effort to avert a new vote in the district, which is part of Charlotte and runs through much of Southeastern North Carolina.
But testimonies, including some from Mr. Harris on Thursday morning apparently led the Republican candidate to conclude that a new vote was appropriate. Of that, Mr. Harris effective to L. McCrae Dowless Jr., an entrepreneur he personally hired, and a network of employees had compromised voice integrity. According to testimony this week, the workers gathered absentee ballots – a violation of state law – and sometimes filled them in or signed as witnesses when they actually had no reason to do so.
Mr. Dowless, who has not been subjected to any crimes, refused to testify before the government.
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