The 2018 midterm elections were met with a mixture of positive and negative outcomes for Democrats. The largest win for Democrats was gaining control of The House of Representatives. However, there were other races that were so tight that recounts were ordered and even possible ballot fraud including the Florida and Georgia governor’s races.
On Thursday, it was decided that North Carolina’s 9th congressional district race was tainted by absentee ballot fraud, and the state ordered a new election.
According to The Chicago Tribune:
‘Following last November’s election, Republican Mark Harris had held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results from the district running from Charlotte through several counties to the east.’
The state refused to certify the win because of absentee-ballot irregularities. Republican candidate Mark Harris said Thursday during the hearing that he thought a new election should be called.
‘It has become clear to me that the public’s confidence in the 9th District seat general election has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted.’
Harris said that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a political operative, told him his team wouldn’t handle absentee ballots, which is in violation of state law. Harris testified:
‘I’ll never forget. He said it again and again. He said: We do not take the ballot.’
USA Today reported:
‘Dowless, a known political operative in the area, is accused of leading an effort that had workers encouraging voters to request an absentee ballot, then collecting those ballots and turning them in, which is illegal in North Carolina. The allegations led to charges of ballot tampering.’
Since Monday, the state board of elections has been holding hearings on the case. According to USA Today:
‘Some witnesses working for Dowless testified that, among other things, they forged signatures.’
The race gained national attention last November because Harris, who was leading by 905 votes, claimed the narrow win and McCready conceded. However, the race then took a different turn when charges of voter fraud surfaced.
USA Today reported:
‘The North Carolina race was one of several that raised concerns about voter fraud and voter suppression by Democrats and civil rights groups.’
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In Georgia, election officials had also come under scrutiny because of possible suppression of the rights of black voters. Georgia Governor Jack Kemp (R) who was challenged by Democrat Stacey Abrams, was under heavy criticism because he was Secretary of State while running for office and cancelled 53,000 black voter registrations.
Kemp’s office had cancelled a total of 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012. Abrams would have been Georgia’s first black governor.
Democrats have made elections and voting rights a priority and therefore, are holding hearings focused on elections concerns. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is heading an elections subcommittee, and is holding field hearings on elections including one in North Carolina.
‘We’re on a short time frame. We cannot allow 2020 to come around and people still being disenfranchised.’
There was no information provided as to when the new North Carolina election will take place.
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