BOE chair doesn’t expect new District 9 vote

Hoyer arrives for a closed organizational meeting of House Democrats to elect leaders for the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

Hoyer arrives for a closed organizational meeting of House Democrats to elect leaders for the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

But Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, has gone from claiming this was all a Democratic conspiracy to worrying over the mounting allegations and how they may hurt the party.

Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House "retains the right to decide who is seated" and could take the "extraordinary step" of calling for a new election if the victor isn't clear.

Some voters said they handed their unsealed ballots over to one of these operatives. Investigators seem to be concentrating on activities linked to a longtime political operative from Bladen County, where allegations about mail-in absentee ballots also surfaced two years ago during a tight election for governor.

It is the latest wrinkle in an election mess that left the 9th District as the last undecided House race of 2018.

Pelosi, who's nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said that "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect".

Unofficial ballot totals showed Republican Mark Harris ahead of Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th Congressional District.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that Republicans should be concerned as well, because Dowless also operated in the GOP primary, and the allegations have significance beyond North Carolina.

Republican state senators in North Carolina on Thursday demanded a new bipartisan investigation into fraud allegations, casting doubt on the impartiality of the election board.

A little background on Dowless: Dowless is the vice chair of the Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District board.

"As you know, it's not just the Democrats who have a problem with how it went in North Carolina, the Republicans have a problem, too, because it affected their primary election", Pelosi added. As I noted yesterday, the Constitution and the Federal Contested Elections Act of 1969 gives the House a range of options in dealing with such a challenge, including ordering a new election or just flat-out certifying McCready as the victor and seating him instead of Harris.

"The board needs to have a public hearing and lay out what they have, and unless they meet the standard of a substantial likelihood, numerically, that the outcome of this race was changed or could have been changed, then they need to certify Mark Harris as the victor and prosecute the offenders", said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party.

On election night, as it appeared he was headed for a narrow defeat, Pittenger complained of the "ballot stuffers in Bladen" County, according to the Post.

The board could decide to certify the election or call for a new one. He has not returned CNN's requests for comment.

"This has shaken us to the core", he said.

He recalled concluding that Harris had won the overall vote with a strong showing from evangelical voters, but he said: "We did not look real specifically at absentee ballots". It could be headed for a do-over amid a widening investigation into possible election fraud. A North Carolina woman on Tuesday admitted to illegally "harvesting" ballots for a contractor working for Harris' campaign. Dowless told the Charlotte Observer he has done nothing wrong.

At issue is who can handle completed ballots. That panel can open its own probe with full investigative powers, including subpoenas, hearings and even deciding which votes should count.

'If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election, ' he said.

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