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Possible irregularities' in absentee ballots holding up congressional election result in North Carolina

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:43 am
by mekogu
Concerns over the way absentee ballots were handled in a North Carolina congressional district have led to an investigation by the state board of elections, delaying the certification of election results despite the Democrat in the race conceding.

In a surprise move Tuesday, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement cited their own authority to initiate an investigation into the race, which Democrat Dan McCready conceded to Republican Mark Harris the day after the election. The board meets again on Friday and could reconsider its decision to not certify the results in the race.

"The state board is investigating possible irregularities with absentee ballots in the 9th Congressional District," Patrick Gannon, public information officer of the board, told CNN.

The bipartisan board voted unanimously to delay certification, allowing lawyers and investigators from the division to examine any irregularities. Investigators are currently focused on Bladen County. ... index.html

Bladen County should be interesting for the Board because it is the only county where the Republican share of the vote increased.


The Republican winner, Mark Harris, had a 905 vote lead over the Democratic challenger out of a total of ~279,000 votes cast. Harris won Bladen County by roughly 1550 votes.

It is unclear whether any irregularities would be enough to alter the results from this election.