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Marine vet just might flip a deep red seat in North Carolina

Democrat Dan McCready is suddenly in a competitive race for North Carolina’s 9th District. McCready is in many ways a dream candidate. He is another Marine vet and the founder of a solar power investment company. And he is running on a platform of abolishing both Citizens United and gerrymandering, expanding access to health care, and protecting teachers and veterans.

But McCready’s chances were boosted even more on Tuesday night when incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his primary — the first sitting Republican this cycle to do so.

The new GOP nominee who dethroned him, Baptist preacher Mark Harris, is a far-right firebrand whose anti-LGBT activism was a driving force behind the passage of North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom bill.”

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McCready enters the general election with a massive fundraising advantage, having raised a war chest of $1.2 million. Harris’ cash on hand? Just $70,000.
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Post by Addie » Wed May 09, 2018 2:51 pm

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North Carolina Republican Is First Incumbent Ousted in 2018

He is a Baptist minister who opposes gay marriage, a Republican who is critical of his party’s leaders in Congress, and a candidate who ran a shoestring campaign against a House incumbent. And on Wednesday, Mark Harris found himself in another role: A giant-killer of the 2018 midterm elections.

Mr. Harris beat Representative Robert Pittenger in a Republican primary in North Carolina on Tuesday, making Mr. Pittenger the first incumbent from either party to lose his seat in Congress due to a primary challenger this year.

House Republicans were already concerned about Mr. Pittenger’s chances against the well-funded Democratic nominee, the Iraq war veteran Dan McCready, but believed he would fend off the challenge from Mr. Harris, who instead beat him by fewer than 1,000 votes. ...

Mr. Harris, 52, will now face a Democrat whose campaign war chest vastly outmatches his own: Last month, Mr. McCready’s campaign had more than $1.2 million in the bank, while Mr. Harris had just $70,000. Mr. McCready beat a primary challenger of his own, Christian Cano, with more than 82 percent of the vote.

Mr. Harris, who nearly unseated Mr. Pittenger two years ago, won by portraying the three-term incumbent as a Washington insider who violated the spirit of a 2012 campaign pledge to support term limits. He also criticized Mr. Pittenger for his vote in favor of a $1.3 trillion spending bill, which was both signed and rebuked by President Trump in March.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:39 pm

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A Democrat who talks like a Republican could steal a major NC race from the GOP ...

On paper, a socially conservative Republican should trounce just about any Democrat here in North Carolina’s Ninth District, which stretches from south suburban Charlotte east through more rural counties to the Fayetteville area. It went for President Donald Trump by nearly 12 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election and is a decades-long GOP stronghold.

Yet like so many other typically Republican districts across the country, this year, it is very much in play.

Part of that is because progressives are energized, raring to defeat Trump at every electoral level, and they are activating here and nationwide. And part of it is because moderate suburban women who have little affinity for the Democratic Party are increasingly uncomfortable with today’s GOP — a party now defined by unshakable loyalty to Trump.

But perhaps most critically, the Democratic candidate here has figured out how to sound downright conservative as he talks about “regulatory relief” and respect for the military; his relationship with his pastor and his opposition to Nancy Pelosi. That helps as he aggressively targets the center-right moderates he will need to win over, knowing that he has the liberal vote around Charlotte all sewn up.

Now, the Ninth District race is emerging as a national test of just how far a potential 2018 Democratic wave can push into traditional GOP territory — and whether other conservative districts, from eastern Washington to the Little Rock, Ark. area to suburban Cincinnati, could suddenly be in jeopardy for Republicans.
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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:19 pm

So what does this person espouse?
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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:12 pm

Simple. He's for good things. And he's also against bad things. With just the slightest tinge of blue.
Message From Dan McCready

When I think of what I love about this country, I think of my platoon. We had folks from all over. But it didn’t matter where we came from, or who our parents were, or what color our skin was. It didn’t even matter whether we were Republicans or Democrats. Because we all wore the same uniform.

I’m not a politician. I’m a Marine Corps veteran, a small business owner, and a father of four. I was perfectly happy last year to spend time with my kids and continue building my small business, but I feel called now to fight back for North Carolina families that Washington politicians are leaving behind.

Too many politicians show up to Washington with good intentions, but then they forget who sent them there. They only fight for themselves and the special interests. I believe that any person who works hard and plays by the rules should be able to build a better life for their kids. I hope you’ll join this campaign to put country over party and turn our country around.

Yours in this fight,

Reforming Our Broken Politics

Dan believes our American Dream is under attack from politicians who put partisanship before people and special interests before working families. Dan will put country over party. He’ll take on the politicians by fighting to impose term limits for members of Congress, get money out of politics and end Citizens United, defeat gerrymandering, and stand up to the politics of racism and hatred.

Affordable and Accessible Healthcare

Dan knows we have to fix our broken and unaffordable healthcare system once and for all with common-sense solutions that lower out-of-control costs while maintaining quality coverage. That means standing up to big drug companies to lower prescription costs, strengthening Medicare, and fighting to stop insurance companies from raising premiums year after year and going back to the days of trying to kick people off their coverage.

Creating Jobs Across North Carolina

As a small business owner, Dan has helped put hundreds of North Carolinians to work building solar farms in rural North Carolina. He was a leader in making our state second in the US for solar power. In Congress, he’ll use his business experience to work with both parties to lift wages and increase opportunity. That means working across the aisle to bring good-paying jobs in growing sectors like clean energy and smart infrastructure, and fighting for jobs in North Carolina’s rural counties that Washington politicians have left behind.

Standing Up for Our Seniors

Dan knows how hard North Carolina seniors worked to save for their retirement and the importance of preserving Social Security and Medicare for our middle class. Dan will oppose any efforts by corporate special interests to turn Medicare into a risky voucher program and any efforts to turn Social Security over to the stock market and gamble seniors’ retirement.

Quality Education

Dan is a product of North Carolina public schools, and he understands that education is the pathway to opportunity. Dan believes that every child in America should be able to go to a great public school, no matter where they live. Dan will fight for early childhood education, teacher pay, and alternatives to four-year degrees like community college and job training programs that equip North Carolinians for the jobs of tomorrow.

Small Business and Fiscal Responsibility

In his small business, Dan balanced the budget and made payroll. We should expect the same from Congress. That’s why Dan supports a “No Budget, No Pay” act. Dan understands that business can be a force for good that lifts up families and workers. He will work to simplify the tax code, streamline duplicative regulations, and cut taxes for middle-class families, not just the ultra-wealthy.

Protecting Our Veterans

For Dan, veterans issues aren’t political, they’re personal. The veterans who have sacrificed for our country deserve the best care our country has to offer, but too many in North Carolina are being left behind without the care they need. That’s unacceptable. Veterans will have no stronger advocate than Dan on health care, mental health, education, jobs, and transition to civilian life.

Protecting God’s Planet

Dan believes that God calls us to be stewards of the Earth, for our children and grandchildren. But politicians are taking a hatchet to the EPA and looking the other way while companies pollute North Carolina’s drinking water. Dan will fight for clean air and water and to preserve our state’s natural beauty that he learned to love as an Eagle Scout.

Fighting for the Lumbee Tribe

After more than a century of injustice, the Lumbee Indian tribe still lacks full federal recognition. Yet instead of doing the hard work of finding a deal, Congress continues the same-old lip service, with bills still stuck in subcommittee. Dan knows how to negotiate — that’s how he helped build 36 solar farms across North Carolina. He will do everything in his power to fight for full federal recognition.
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Post by Dan1100 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:18 pm

Surprised the Lumbee got a shout out.
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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:46 pm

This might be the first NC politician to mention the Lumbee. To many the Lumbee are African AMerican, not Native American. Their racist beliefs come into play.

I like him.
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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:47 pm

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NC elections board refuses to certify 9th District race, leaving it in limbo

The state board of elections Tuesday declined to certify the results of the 9th Congressional District election after one board member cited what he called “unfortunate activities” in the eastern part of the district.

It’s unclear what those activities involved or what the failure to certify might mean. The board discussed the matter in closed session.

Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.

Election board member Joshua Malcolm raised the issue in what was expected to be a routine certification of the results of North Carolina’s 13 congressional races. He asked the board to remove the 9th District from the list of those to be certified. ...

Malcolm cited a statute that allows the board the authority to take any necessary action “to assure that an election is determined without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”

Republicans cried foul.

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Post by Foggy » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:22 am

I can't find out what happened. It was done in closed session.

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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:15 pm

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N.C. officials investigating possible irregularities in 9th Congressional District election ...

The investigation appears to be focused on Bladen County, but an official in Robeson County said that county also has been contacted. State officials have given no other details. They cited a state law allowing them to go into closed session to ensure an election is “without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”

Elections officials confirmed Wednesday that an elections investigator seized completed absentee ballot request forms and absentee container envelopes Nov. 7, the day after the election.

Steve Stone, chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said state investigators have requested information the county board kept on an unusual number of absentee ballot requests. Stone said county elections officials began keeping logs of who dropped off large numbers of registration forms and absentee ballot requests and later reported the their concerns to the state board in August.

Stone said county residents had reported that people were going door to door, telling voters that their registrations had been dropped and they needed to re-register. They were also asked to sign an absentee ballot request form, Stone said.

“It didn’t feel right,” he said.

About 1,200 requested absentee ballots were not returned this year, Stone said, an unusually high number. Bladen County also had an unusually high number of unreturned absentee ballots.

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Post by Dan1100 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:20 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:15 pm
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N.C. officials investigating possible irregularities in 9th Congressional District election ...

The investigation appears to be focused on Bladen County, but an official in Robeson County said that county also has been contacted. State officials have given no other details. They cited a state law allowing them to go into closed session to ensure an election is “without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”

Elections officials confirmed Wednesday that an elections investigator seized completed absentee ballot request forms and absentee container envelopes Nov. 7, the day after the election.

Steve Stone, chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said state investigators have requested information the county board kept on an unusual number of absentee ballot requests. Stone said county elections officials began keeping logs of who dropped off large numbers of registration forms and absentee ballot requests and later reported the their concerns to the state board in August.

Stone said county residents had reported that people were going door to door, telling voters that their registrations had been dropped and they needed to re-register. They were also asked to sign an absentee ballot request form, Stone said.

“It didn’t feel right,” he said.

About 1,200 requested absentee ballots were not returned this year, Stone said, an unusually high number. Bladen County also had an unusually high number of unreturned absentee ballots.
Isn't that where they had all the terrible floods a couple of months ago (i.e. the Lumbee River/Lumbee Indian area). Lots of displaced people might be voting absentee or trying and failing.
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Post by Dolly » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:30 pm

NC officials vote to hold hearing over alleged fraud in U.S. House race

The North Carolina Board of Elections voted Friday to hold a hearing as state officials continue to investigate fraud allegations related to the U.S. House race in the state's 9th District.

North Carolina election officials voted 7-2 to hold a public hearing by Dec. 21, according to WSOC-TV in Charlotte. The investigation will likely delay the certification of the House results, where Republican pastor Mark Harris holds a 905-vote lead over Democratic veteran and businessman Dan McCready.
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Bladen County, N.C., has been at the center of the investigation as voter affidavits submitted to the board of elections alleging instances of people coming to their house and asking to hand in their absentee ballots while leaving some races blank.

Officials investigating the results are also looking into uncommonly high numbers of absentee ballots submitted in Bladen County, according to The Washington Post. <snip>
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:32 pm

Foggie- What say ye from NC?
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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:55 pm

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The Latest: AP retracts call in North Carolina Congress race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina congressional race that remains in dispute more than three weeks after election day (all times local): ...

The North Carolina board of elections has delayed certifying the results, citing “claims of irregularities and fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail voting.”

The board voted 7-2 on Friday to hear evidence by Dec. 21 on whether to finalize the result. The board could ultimately decide to hold a new election.

In this case, AP is treating the board’s action as if the race has proceeded to a recount. AP does not call winners in any election that is subject to a recount.

AP will not call the race until state officials certify the results.

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Post by Foggy » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:03 pm

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Foggie- What say ye from NC?
My friends and acquaintances are not any more informed than the forum. I think the facts will come out, though. We're all just following the news and trying to figger out what happened.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:11 pm

Foggy wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:03 pm
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Foggie- What say ye from NC?
My friends and acquaintances are not any more informed than the forum. I think the facts will come out, though. We're all just following the news and trying to figger out what happened.
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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:09 pm

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A North Carolina Congressional Race Might Be Tainted by Fraud and That’s Just the Beginning ...

The problems in North Carolina stem from what the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ vice chair euphemistically calls “unfortunate activities” in Bladen County. A series of affidavits submitted to the board raise the possibility of a scheme to suppress the county’s absentee ballots, which skew Democratic. Two voters stated that a young woman came to their houses and claimed she was responsible for collecting absentee ballots. One voter allowed the woman to finish filling out her ballot for her; the other gave the mystery woman the ballot without signing it or placing it in a sealed envelope. Another individual, Dwight Sheppard, told the board that he heard people at a polling station say that local operative Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was set to receive a $40,000 bonus if Harris won.

Reports of an unidentified woman illegally collecting partially completed ballots may help to explain why the number of unreturned absentee mail-in ballots in the 9th Congressional District was unusually high. Compared with other North Carolina counties, the counties in this district had a substantially higher rate of mail-in ballots that were requested but not returned. Moreover, Harris received a surprisingly high percentage of votes from absentee mail-in ballots, winning 61 percent to McCready’s 38 percent. Indeed, Bladen County was the only county in the state in which a Republican candidate won the absentee vote.

Taken together, these facts suggest that someone may have illegally collected and scrapped Democratic absentee mail-in ballots to help secure Harris’ victory. That’s why the elections board refused to certify the race. The members are divided along partisan lines, with four Democrats, four Republicans, and one unaffiliated. But they unanimously chose to delay the certification and decided on Friday to hold a hearing into potential fraud.

If the commission were to conclude it has plausible evidence of misconduct, it could order a new election. If it cannot reach a conclusion either way, the U.S. House of Representatives could hold its own hearings and choose the winner.

But there is another possibility bubbling beneath the surface: chaos. The current elections board was created by the GOP legislature in order to strip Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of his authority over elections. In October, however, a state court ruled that the board’s structure violated separation of powers principles under the North Carolina Constitution. Legislative Republicans had hoped to reverse this decision through a constitutional amendment sent to the voters in November. But voters rejected the amendment transferring power away from the governor, leaving the court’s decision standing. As a result, the court’s order—prohibiting the board from operating beyond midnight on Dec. 3—remains in effect. There is a very real chance that, in the midst of resolving a disputed election, the board will cease to exist in its current form.
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Salon: Evidence of fraud mounts in uncertified North Carolina race won by Republican

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Post by Foggy » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:10 am

Mr. Kris Kobach, please pick up the white courtesy telephone. :mrgreen:

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Post by AndyinPA » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:38 am

I like the Mr. Never made it to governor. :thumbs:

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NC elections board chairman resigns, says he wants election fraud probe to continue without distraction

North Carolina's state elections board chairman resigned Saturday, saying he did not want his political views to affect an ongoing investigation into potential election fraud.

Democrat Andy Penry's resignation comes as state officials probe potential fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, where the results of last month's midterm elections have yet to be certified.

The Washington Post obtained a letter from Penry to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement where he explained that he was stepping away to allow the investigation to continue “free of attempts at distraction and obstruction so that the truth can be revealed.”

“The investigation of criminal conduct and absentee voting fraud in the 2018 Republican primary and 2018 general election in congressional District 9 is a matter of vital importance to our democracy,” Penry said in the letter. “I will not allow myself to be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation.”

Penry has received criticism from Republican officials in the state saying that his Twitter posts, some of which are highly critical of President Trump, are proof that the investigation in the 9th District is partisan. <SNIP>
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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:26 pm

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North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate

DUBLIN, N.C. — In a low-slung, aging commercial strip across the street from an online-gaming parlor here, a local operative named Leslie McCrae Dowless ran his command center for Republican Mark Harris in the 9th Congressional District primary this spring.

Dowless sat a desk at the back of one of the strip’s vacant storefronts, where he oversaw a crew of workers who collected absentee ballots from voters and updated the Harris campaign on the numbers, according to Jeff Smith, who is the building’s owner and a former Dowless friend.

Smith provided his account about the primary campaign to state investigators, who are examining whether Dowless’s activities then and in the general election violated North Carolina’s election laws, which allow only individual voters or designated close relatives to mail a ballot.

Dowless is now at the center of a burgeoning fraud investigation that has delayed the certification of Harris’s narrow victory and could prompt officials to call for a new election between him and Democrat Dan McCready, who are separated by 905 votes, according to unofficial returns. ...

The possibility that November’s vote will be tossed out has prompted an eruption of partisan accusations. The case is politically fraught for Republicans, who in North Carolina and across the country have pushed for voter-identification laws and other restrictions while warning without evidence about the threat of rampant voter fraud, particularly by immigrants in the country illegally.

Now, amid Democratic calls for investigations of a different kind of election fraud — one that allegedly benefited the GOP — Republicans have stayed largely silent about the allegations, instead accusing the state elections board of trying to steal the race.
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New York Times: North Carolina’s Election Turmoil: What We Know and Don’t Know

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:33 pm

Definitely getting interesting. I would have expected this more up north, say New Jerseyish maybe. :popcorn:
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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:37 pm

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What The Heck Is Happening In That North Carolina House Race? ...

In six of the district’s eight counties, fewer than 3 percent of total votes were absentee-by-mail ballots. But in Bladen County, that number was 7.3 percent, suggesting a push to get people there to vote by mail. Absentee-by-mail ballots tended to be much better for McCready than other ballots — except in Bladen County. There, absentee-by-mail ballots were more Republican-leaning than the rest of Bladen’s votes by 8 percentage points. But if we look at the whole district, absentee-by-mail ballots were 24 points more Democratic-leaning. ...

Particularly troubling is the fact that only 19 percent of Bladen County’s accepted absentee-by-mail ballots were cast by registered Republicans; 42 percent were cast by registered Democrats, and 39 percent by unaffiliated voters.

Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College who studies North Carolina politics, told the Charlotte Observer that it’s hard to square that statistic with the fact that Harris received 61 percent of Bladen’s absentee-by-mail vote. As Bitzer noted in his analysis, Harris would have had to win every registered Republican, along with nearly every unaffiliated voter and some registered Democrats, to reach that total, which seems implausible. In other counties, McCready’s margin in absentee-by-mail ballots tracked closely with the percentage of absentee-by-mail ballots cast by registered Democrats.

Bitzer also found that Robeson and Bladen counties had unusually high percentages of requested absentee-by-mail ballots that were then never returned — 40 percent in Bladen and 62 percent in Robeson, while no other county exceeded 27 percent. By raw numbers, Robeson’s 1,180 unreturned ballots far exceeded even the 762 in far more populous Mecklenburg County, which cast more than three times as many total ballots as Robeson.

It turns out that the data irregularities in Bladen County extend to past elections, too. The 9th District saw a contentious and razor-close Republican primary in May 2018, when Harris ousted incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger by 828 votes. Bladen accounted for 56 percent of the absentee-by-mail ballots (456 of 811) cast in that primary despite being home to just 6 percent of those who voted — and Harris won 437 of those absentee-by-mail votes to Pittenger’s 17, a massive gap nowhere near either the absentee-by-mail results in other counties or the other results in Bladen. And in the 9th District’s 2016 Republican primary, 22 percent of the race’s absentee-by-mail ballots were cast in Bladen County. That time, they went disproportionately to Pittenger challenger Todd Johnson — he won a whopping 221 of Bladen’s 226 absentee-by-mail votes.

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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:47 pm

WSOCTV
Channel 9 uncovers similarities between absentee ballots in U.S. House District 9 race ...

What Channel 9 found appears to be a targeted effort to illegally pick up ballots, in which even the person picking them up had no idea whether those ballots were even delivered to the elections board.

Consistently, Channel 9 found the same people signing as witnesses for the people voting, which is very rare.

Of the 159 submitted and accepted absentee ballot envelopes, below is the breakdown of those who signed as witnesses:
Woody Hester witnessed 44
James Singletary witnessed 42
Lisa Britt witnessed 42
Ginger Eason witnessed 28
Jessica Dowless witnessed 15
Cheryl Kinlaw witnessed 13
Deborah Edwards witnessed 11
Sandra Dowless witnessed 10
Many times, people on that list witnessed ballots together.

Channel 9’s political reporter Joe Bruno went door-to-door in Bladen County trying to find out who these people are.

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Post by NMgirl » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:28 pm

Maybe this was pointed out upthread, but I couldn't find it, if so. Leslie McCrea Dowless, who worked as an independent contractor for Harris, is a felon, convicted for perjury and fraud (separate cases). Republicans hire only the best people. :eek2:

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