NC State Board of Elections to meet Feb. 18 for NC 09 hearing

There are signs that the district nine race could soon come to an end.

The newly-formed North Carolina State Board of Elections has set a date for a hearing, which could determine how the congressional district will be represented.

The five-member State Board of Elections, created last week, said Monday it will hold the public hearing to weigh evidence collected by investigators and arguments from representatives of Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

It’s a hearing, scheduled for Feb. 18, where any evidence of election fraud in the NC 09 election could be shared, and we could get a real sense of what exactly happened

The board could declare a winner or order a new 9th District election, and they say the hearing is expected to last two days.

Much of the investigation into fraud centers around absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County, and McCrae Dowless-- who worked for Harris' campaign.

Harris is leading democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.

Last week, Governor Cooper appointed the new state board after the last board disbanded after a court declared the previous board unconstitutional. This was unrelated to the district nine race.

The previous elections board refused to declare the Republican a winner until investigators could look into allegations that mail-in ballots could have been altered or discarded by a Harris subcontractor-- namely Dowless. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.