Report: Bladen County election fraud investigation dates back to 2010

A former North Carolina election investigator said McCrae Dowless was part of a 2010 investigation into buying votes, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The report comes after the AP received emails showing an investigator from Raleigh traveling multiple times to Bladen County after the allegations arose.  The report said Dowless was part of a group that gave voters cash to fill out ballots.

The report is the latest part of the investigation into alleged election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, centering on Bladen County and Dowless.  Dowless worked for Republican Mark Harris during the election campaign.

LINK: Election fraud in Bladen County probed long before 2018 race

Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, but the election has yet to be certified after reports of fraud arose following Election Day.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections was dissolved after a court decision, but staff of the Board of Elections have continued their investigation.

Harris has filed a petition with the court last week to certify the election.  Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have vowed to step in if that election is certified before an investigation is complete.

The report from the Associated Press found that investigators in the 2010 case were not able to build a case against Dowless.

In addition to the 2018 election investigation, Dowless is also part of an investigation into a 2016 election.

FOX 46 reported on this story from Charlotte.