New election ordered in North Carolina House district after possible illegal activities

NBC News | 2/20/2019 | Staff
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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The North Carolina Board of Elections on Thursday ordered a new election in the 9th Congressional District after allegations of illegal activity in the handling of mail-in ballots.

The five-member board's unanimous action came after several days of hearings into Republican ballot-collecting practices last November and after the GOP candidate, Mark Harris, for the first time said there should be a new election because the public had lost confidence in the results. Harris had narrowly topped Democrat Dan McCready, according to unofficial results.

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"Neither I nor any of the leadership of my campaign were aware of or condoned the improper activities that have been testified to in this hearing," Harris said in a statement shortly before the board called the new election. "Through the testimony I listened to over the past three days, I believe a new election should be called. It's become clear to me that the public's confidence in the ninth district seat general election has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted."

Harris' request for a new election in his contest against Democrat Dan McCready came after several days of a hearing by the state Board of Elections hearing into whether there was misconduct with mail-in ballots in the state's 9th congressional district last November. Harris testified Thursday morning that he had no knowledge of the alleged illegal activities of a political operative hired by his campaign.

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In making the motion to hold a new election, board chairman Bob Cordle said, "based on the evidence we’ve heard" this week about "the corruption, the absolute mess with the absentee ballots, the illegal activities that have...
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