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North Carolina Reschedules 9th District Election After Voter Fraud Scandal

HeadlineMar 05, 2019

North Carolina election officials have announced a new primary election for the open 9th Congressional District seat will take place on May 14, with the general election to follow in September. The contested seat was never called following November’s midterm elections, after evidence of possible voter fraud started to emerge. Republican operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, who worked for the campaign of Republican candidate Mark Harris, was eventually charged last week with ordering workers to illegally fill out and mail in other people’s absentee ballots. He also faces felony charges of obstruction of justice. At a hearing over the voter fraud scandal last month, Mark Harris’ son—an assistant U.S. attorney in North Carolina—testified that he warned his father about McCrae Dowless. Mark Harris said last month he would not run again in a new race. Harris could still face criminal charges over the vote-rigging scandal. The democratic candidate, Dan McCready, confirmed he would run again.

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