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There’s a Major Election Fraud Case Unfolding in North Carolina

Are you concerned about election integrity?

by Axios | Updated on 12.6.18

The first major election fraud case in a long time is unfolding in North Carolina, and it threatens to force a new election.

The latest: Republican Mark Harris holds an unofficial 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent Dan McCready in North Carolina's 9th congressional district. North Carolina's state elections board won't certify the results, citing "claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail ballots."

Between the lines: This is different than Republican warnings about voter fraud, which baselessly claim voters are being illegally brought to the polls to vote multiple times or in places they don't reside.

Driving the news:

  • Democrats in the House are threatening not to seat Harris: Nancy Pelosi said they "could take the 'extraordinary step' of calling for a new election if the winner isn’t clear," the AP reported today.
  • North Carolina Republicans are open to a new election if fraud is proven to have affected the results, its executive director said today.

Details:

  • Leslie McCrae Dowless, who worked for Harris' campaign as a contractor, is reportedly at the center of the probe.
  • He has been accused of collecting and filling out hundreds of voters’ absentee ballots — which is illegal in the state. North Carolina mandates all absentee ballot envelopes must be signed by two witnesses and dropped off by voters or their close relatives.
  • Dowless has denied any wrongdoing, though the AP reports that Bladen County's elections board has recorded that he submitted over 500 ballots.

The bottom line: President Trump — who spent years baselessly claiming Democrats were behind massive voter fraud and created a voter fraud task force at the White House — has yet to comment on North Carolina.

Go deeper: North Carolina House race in doubt over claims of electoral fraud

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  • TrulyTexan
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    As always, the republicans cheat and steal and then blame everyone else. There is literally no crime they will not commit to get their evil agenda forced on our nation. Do any of them have any morals or ethics?

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  • Riley
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    We need to clean up voter rolls and institute voter ID laws at the federal level.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted No
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    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Democrats have done everything legal and illegal in elections to win. We need to work on protecting our elections.

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  • George
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    Is it too much to ask for Countable to put in unbiased or at least feed articles from both sides of the aisle? It’s apparent that Axios is left leaning and Trump hating.

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  • David
    Voted Yes
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    The Republicans scream “fraud “. Guess what - this fraud is of Republican origin. And the Republican hierarchy (McConnell, Ryan) are silent.

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  • Dicr
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    There needs to be serious consequences for election tampering. Republicans have cheated the system for to long.

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  • JamieD
    Voted No
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    I’m largely unconcerned about election fraud because I know it’s rare. I am concerned about this case, however, because there seems to be clear evidence of tampering. I also hope these voters participate and don’t become disenfranchised if a second election is held.

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  • Bernie
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    Arizona. Florida. (Drop pin here).

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  • Ken
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    The real election fraud comes from the party that is extremely fearful of a fair election that all elegible voters can participate in. When elections are allowed to happen as this one has it's actually the voters who are seen as the enemy. Instead of a candidate chosen by the people we have a candidate chosen by fraudulent voter tampering. We MUST demand investigation and prosecution of all involved especially the candidate that had so much to gain.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
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    It seems as if the Republicans have been playing their fingers to the left when all the election cheating is going on on the right. If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be laughable. What happened to the Republican Party. It has become the party of the Ludacris, Liars, and cheats.

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  • Sean
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    We should be doing everything possible to insure voting integrity while not disenfranchising those that should be able to vote.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
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    Just look at what the Repugnacants are doing in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan. Voter fraud and voter nullification!

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  • burrkitty
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    AVR, paper ballots, vote by mail, Signature matching, non-partisan districting calculated by algorithms and checked by the voter commission and the courts to kill gerrymandering. Then if we can just get all the dark money, superPACs, and special interest money out of the picture we might actually get representation that is “dependent on the people ALONE” as was intended.

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  • Justin
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    Hay Republicans! We found the voter fraud you were looking for ! But it’s not Hispanics ! It’s right wing red necks !

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  • Anita
    Voted Yes
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    The Integrity of our Rights to Vote 🗳 should be of the Highest importance to our Country. When N. Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan have Gerrymandering, voter suppressed, Ballot Harvested then its time to Correct our Machines and I. D. Process. It’s apparent that both sides of the isle have cheated. Having said that, it’s obvious that the re-pub-lickinz seen to have a way of screaming voter fraud and they seem to be the ones most guilty! However, it’s my opinion that anyone found to be responsible in **Tampering** with Any & All Of our Elections should be **Imprisoned** and NEVER BE ALLOWED TO VOTE 🗳 IN ANY ELECTION AFTER THEIR TIME IS SERVED! This is No Different than Treason and goes Against our Democracy which sets us apart from the rest of the World 🌎 DON’T F___WITH OUR ELECTIONS 🗳

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  • Robert
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    I expect my elected Dim hacks here in MD to get off their resisting asses and fix immigration and stop the invasion into the USA. Once this is done then identify the invaders on the next US census, and then use tax info, death certificates, social security and welfare benefits and create voter ID laws with all the real data. I also expect E-verify in this country. DO YOUR JOB.

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  • Giovanna
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    We need to be sure our elections are safe for all. Everybody needs to be free to voice their opinion and vote their heart.

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  • Ramona
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    Wish they would investigate the possibility that Hillary stole Bernie Sanders election in California. It just seems to be the case. Florida elections are the worst. Everyone should be required to provide a photo ID n proof of citizenship. The only reason not to is to make it easy to commit fraud voting.

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  • Hunter
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    Election fraud should be considered one of the highest crimes in the nation. Close to treason. It’s a direct attack on our republic, and goes against the voice and power of the the citizens of the nation. Justice should be swift as possible and punishment should be particularly harsh.

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  • Peggy
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    Seems the voter fraud is by the party and its leader who are doing the fraud.

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  • B.R.
    Voted Yes
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    Both sides have been involved in voter fraud. We should install a system that minimizes these attempts.

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