Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina State Board of Elections has indicated that it may not be able to conclude its investigation into alleged election fraud by its planned deadline of December 21, 2018.
The board is investigating alleged election fraud impacting the Ninth Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, as well as two local races. Harris is the unofficial leader in the race by 905 votes.
State investigators are combing through election board records in several counties to discover whether there was an organized effort to unlawfully collect absentee ballots of thousands of voters and then not turn those ballots over to election authorities. Meanwhile, some voters in the Ninth Congressional district are now speaking out with personal accounts about how their absentee ballots were unlawfully collected.
The board is looking into some 14,056 absentee ballots requested for voters across the 9th District, according to Josh Lawson, the board’s general counsel. Of these, 10,651 were returned, and 3,405 were not. The board has concerns about whether irregularities and fraudulent activities could have affected ballots in both categories—ballots illegally completed or tampered with and counted, or ballots illegally discarded.