Washington, DC – Democrats in the U.S. House are discussing preparations to launch an investigation into election fraud allegations in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District as the race between Mark Harris (R) and Dan McCready (D) remains unresolved and stretches into this new year.
North Carolina’s 9th District has been rocked by accusations for months that a Harris staffer, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., conducted an illegal absentee ballot-harvesting operation in two counties in the state with the intention of swinging the absentee ballot vote in Harris’s favor. The Ninth Congressional District comprises Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson counties; the southeast portion of Mecklenburg County; and parts of Cumberland and Bladen counties.
The state Republican Party released a resolution calling for Harris to be declared the winner and the race certified unless there is substantial evidence of fraud that would have likely changed the outcome of the race. Harris is leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who chairs the House subcommittee on elections, says she met with other committee and subcommittee chairs to discuss Democrats’ response to the potential of a North Carolina court ordering the election be certified before a state investigation into the claims concludes. “It is our hope that the courts in North Carolina would do the right thing,” said Fudge. “If they chose not to, we would challenge the propriety of seating Mark Harris until such time as a proper investigation is done by the House.”