Bladen County, N.C.

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Elec­tion ques­tions: North Carolina’s bi­par­ti­san Board of Elec­tions twice re­fused last week to cer­tify the vic­tory of Repub­li­can House can­di­date Mark Har­ris, cit­ing “con­certed fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties” with mail-in ab­sen­tee bal­lots. After de­feat­ing the GOP in­cum­bent in the state’s 9th district, which stretches from Char­lotte to Fayet­teville along the bor­der with South Carolina, Har­ris ap­peared to best Demo­crat Dan McCready by 905 votes. But ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties im­me­di­ately stood out: In seven of the district’s eight coun­ties, for ex­am­ple, McCready won a lop­sided ma­jor­ity of mailed-in ab­sen­tee votes. Yet in Bladen County, where only 19 per­cent of vot­ers are reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans, Har­ris won 61 per­cent of that vote. Bladen res­i­dents say peo­ple ar­rived at their homes il­le­gally of­fer­ing to de­liver their ab­sen­tee bal­lots, a felony. The Har­ris cam­paign had hired con­victed felon Les­lie McRae Dow­less for get-out-the-vote ef­forts in the county.

Har­ris: Not cer­ti­fied

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