North Carolina Democrats demand investigation into voter fraud

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The board has refused to certify Republican Mark Harris as the victor of the November 6 election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as it investigates possible fraud involving absentee ballots from two rural counties. The board cited allegations of "irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" involving mail-in ballots, and subpoenaed both the Harris campaign and Red Dome for documents. For now, the vote count remains unofficial, with Harris leading McCready by 905 votes. Dowless has been accused of overseeing the collection of absentee ballots from voters - and even filling them out - which is illegal in North Carolina.

The board is set to hold a public hearing on the allegations of election fraud on or before December 21st, but an exact date has not yet been announced.

According to several news reports and sworn affidavits from North Carolina voters, Dowless is alleged to have led an operation wherein he and others working for him went door to door in two rural North Carolina counties collecting at times incomplete absentee ballots from voters and then submitting them to state election officials.

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The state Board of Elections released a memo on Friday saying that the investigation was ongoing and is a "top priority". The investigation centers on the actions of Republican operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, who ran an operation to illegally collect absentee ballots.

North Carolina Democrat Dan McCready has withdrawn his concession in a congressional race amid a probe of alleged widespread voter fraud. Bladen County is where the absentee ballot effort took place. His campaign lawyer said this week the organization wasn't aware of any illegal conduct during the race. The disclosure form said the campaign owed the money to Red Dome Group, the Charlotte-area consulting firm that Mr. Harris hired for his campaign.

When asked to respond to people who say he rigged the election, Dowless responded with a "no comment".

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