North Carolina: GOP Consultant Arrested over Voter Fraud Scheme

HeadlineFeb 28, 2019

In North Carolina, a former paid consultant for Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris was arrested Wednesday, charged with ordering workers to illegally fill out and mail in other people’s absentee ballots ahead of last November’s congressional election. Leslie McCrae Dowless also faces felony charges of obstruction of justice. He is accused of rigging the election in North Carolina’s 9th District to tilt the vote in favor of Harris, who was initially declared the winner in a close race. Last week, the North Carolina State Board of Elections vacated the results and ordered a new election. On Tuesday, Mark Harris said he would not run in a new election for the seat, citing his ailing health—not voter fraud—for his decision. His former opponent, Democrat Dan McCready, says he will run again. Prosecutors say Mark Harris could still face criminal charges over the vote-rigging scandal.

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