NEW HANOVER CO, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Another person has been arrested in connection to the District Nine election fraud investigation, according to the NC State Bureau of Investigations.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, Caitlyn Croom was taken into custody after she turned herself in to police in New Hanover County. She has been charged with conspiracy to commit felony obstruction of justice and possession of absentee ballot.
McCrae Dowless, a political operative who worked for Republican candidate Mark Harris, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 27 on charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Dowless was at the center of the election fraud investigation, accused of mishandling absentee ballots.
Croom was one of four people working with Dowless who was charged in connection to the alleged fraud. As of now, no one else has turned themselves in.
The State Board of Elections has called for a new election to be held for the district, and Harris has said he will not run in this one, leaving the door open for a new Republican candidate. Democrat Dan McCready does plan to run again.
North Carolinians will return to the polls September 10. The primary will be held on May 14.
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