Pelosi: House Could Take 'Extraordinary Step' on NC Election

Stacy Holcomb 57 stands in front of his home in Bladenboro N.C. where he says he was approached by a woman during the midterm elections and offered assistance submitting an absentee ballot an occurrence that many in Bladen County have said happened

The claims proved untrue. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week because of allegations of "irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" involving mail-in ballots in the district.

He added that it's unclear whether the alleged harvesting of absentee ballots on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris, the apparent victor of the election, was significant enough to swing it in his favor.

Democrat Dan McCready is withdrawing his concession in a North Carolina congressional race where investigators are probing allegations of election fraud.

However, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the victor.

Incoming Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday that a "very substantial question" about fraud exists and hopes state officials "get to the bottom" of the controversy.

"We are not ready to call for a new election yet", Woodhouse said.

But that is not what Republican efforts to supposedly protect against voter fraud have ever been about.

"It's a rigged system", President Trump said. The president raised the specter of fraud again this year, suggesting without evidence that people had donned disguises to vote a few times in midterm elections. The Republican incumbents were swept out of office in 2018 after a tally of late-arriving ballots. The second witness on numerous absentee forms Boyd signed was Lisa Britt, who told BuzzFeed she worked for Dowless.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in MI and Wisconsin are fighting rearguard actions after the party lost control of top offices in November.

The current North Carolina scandal is rich on a number of levels.

"Sometimes we think of voting as this really straightforward process and we often forget that all voters, but for new voters in particular, there's a lot of confusion when voting about when they actually have to vote by, where they have to take their ballot to", said Rachel Huff-Doria, executive director of the voter advocacy group Forward Montana.

They included an identification measure thrown out by the federal courts because, among other reasons, lawmakers crafted it after studying how to suppress minority voting.

They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year.

Republicans have spent years warning us that voter fraud is rampant. And the fact that Harris managed to win a whopping 96% of all Bladen County absentee ballots that actually made it to election officials is a big red flag, too.

The North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is looking into the irregularities in Bladen and Robeson counties, neighboring rural jurisdictions near the SC border, where 40 percent and 62 percent of absentee ballots, respectively, weren't returned.

State Republicans, including party head Dallas Woodhouse, initially said Democrats were trying to steal the seat.

"What we know is the people down in Bladen County are scoundrels". Harris won 61 percent of the mail-in ballots there, even though registered Republicans accounted for 19 percent of the county's accepted absentee ballots. If accurate, those results would mean every unaffiliated absentee voter, as well as some Democrats, went for the Republican.

"I don't know what happened", she said.

"While the Republican majority is once again chasing conspiracies, real election fraud is playing out right before us in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District", Connolly said in a statement. Some were in open envelopes or only partially completed. Leslie McCrae Dowless, the "independent contractor who worked on grassroots for the [Harris] campaign", denied any wrongdoing, The Charlotte Observer reported. Harris said last week that his victory should be finalized while the board investigated. Wake County district attorney Lorrin Freeman told CNN on Wednesday that many appear to have been destroyed. The board will work with the prosecutor, he said.

The midterms are not over in North Carolina's 9th district. Until then, the media hadn't focused too much on those possibilities, but that's precisely why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina.

There are also claims that incomplete ballots were collected and then filled out later, Cohen said. State officials plan a hearing by December 21.

In Congress, Democrats are considering their options. She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

Thursday, he said the party supported the board's move to hold a hearing later this month.

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