Affidavits: Possible illegal handling of ballots in NC District 9 race

- More than three weeks following election Tuesday, there's more drama unfolding in the NC District 9 congressional race.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is investigating the District 9 race between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris. The investigation stems from possible illegal handling of absentee ballots in Bladen County. 

Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes.

The request is coming from the North Carolina Democratic Party, which says sworn affidavits from several witnesses show suspected republican agents went to the homes of absentee voters and may have tampered with ballots.

In the affidavits, Bladen County voters say workers would collect their ballots, but not seal the envelopes or ask for a signature from the voter before leaving.

The suspected workers are said to have been affiliated with the Mark Harris campaign.

Dan McCready said in a tweet Thursday night that the allegations are "troubling."

On Friday afternoon, Mark Harris issued the following statement:

“Today, after meeting behind closed doors for almost three hours, the State Board of Elections not only refused to certify our election results, but again refused to provide any details to the public as to what exactly is being investigated.  They also chose to move forward with a hearing on a locally-certified election result that is almost a month old, despite there being no statutorily-required formal protest in either my race or the local race.  Make no mistake, I support any efforts to investigate allegations of irregularities and/or voter fraud, as long as it is fair and focuses on all political parties.  But to date, there is absolutely no public evidence that there are enough ballots in question to affect the outcome of this race.  Accordingly, the Board should act immediately to certify the race while continuing to conduct their investigation.  Anything else is a disservice to the people of the Ninth District. 
This afternoon, we have filed an intervening motion in state court to request an extension of the stay that would change the current State Board. They should be required to stay in existence and certify this election so as not to disenfranchise the voters of the Ninth District.”


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