December 7, 2018

12-7-2018 The NC-9 voter fraud rumor is all but confirmed nuggets (Vox)

  • In North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, where voter fraud allegations have been circulating for weeks, a district attorney said that more than 1,000 absentee ballots from a single county, likely cast by Democratic voters, may have been destroyed. [Fox News / Louis Casiano]
  • What’s more, the Washington Post came out with a story Thursday that alleges the Republican Party in the state had early warnings of ballot irregularities dating back as far back as the 2018 primary. [Washington Post / Amy Gardner and Beth Reinhard]
  • The allegations that surfaced in late November are two-pronged: First, voters came forward saying that they either received unasked-for absentee ballots or that a young woman visited them and claimed she was responsible for collecting absentee ballots. Second, political scientists noticed that a high number of mail-in absentee ballots were requested but then not returned to be counted. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
  • Since then, two women have told the media that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a county electioneer, paid them money to collect absentee ballots and has allegedly been involved in election tampering “for years.” [The Hill / Justin Wise]
  • In response to the rumors, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party told CNN that he’s open to holding new elections if the voter fraud allegations are confirmed. [CNN / Eric Bradner]
  • In Washington, Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat who serves on the House Oversight Committee, said the committee should investigate the issue as well. [NBC News / Leigh Ann Caldwell and Rich Gardella]
  • Mark Harris, the Republican representative-elect from the Ninth District, tweeted last week that he supports a probe, though there is “absolutely no evidence” the ballots in question are enough to affect the election outcome. Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. [Twitter / Mark Harris]
  • NC-9, though called for the GOP, remains the last House district to resolve election meddling or recount issues. As it stands, Democrats have had a net gain of 40 seats in the lower chamber of Congress. [Twitter / Harry Enten]

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