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NCGOP: Evidence Indicates New Election is "Appropriate"

An affidavit revealed a man said McCrae Dowless told him he had 800 absentee ballots in his possession.

Dec. 12, 2018, 10:14 a.m.

“Top officials with the North Carolina Republican Party said they believe early vote totals in Bladen County were leaked before the election and, if confirmed, ‘a new election is appropriate.’ … Documents released by the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement show that early voting tabulations were run several days before the Nov. 6 election in Bladen County. A witness who signed that vote tabulation wrote in a sworn affidavit that the totals were ‘viewed by officials at the one-stop site who were not judges.’”

“‘We are pretty certain that happened. And if it is confirmed, a new election is appropriate,’ said Dallas Woodhouse, the party’s executive director, in a late afternoon press conference.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

In a new affidavit, a man said he saw McCrae Dowless, the GOP operative at the center of the election fraud investigation, with a number of absentee ballots and that Dowless had said he was in possession of 800 in total. "I asked him why he had not turned them in. He sated you don't do that until the last day because the opposition would know how many votes they had to make up. My concern was that these ballots were not going to be turned in," the man wrote in the affidavit. (WSOC) Harris beat McCready by 905 votes.

Meanwhile, a "proposal for a new primary ... was stripped from an elections bill Tuesday after” a state Rep. David Lewis (D), a sponsor on the bill, “said he could not get enough legislators to go along.” The current law only allows the board to call for a new general election between pastor Mark Harris (R) and Marine veteran Dan McCready (D).

“Leading Republican legislators said their bill will settle a long-running dispute with” Gov. Roy Cooper (D) “over the composition of the State Board of Elections. Lewis and” state Sen. Dan Bishop (R) “said the bill returns the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement’s construction to the way it was before 2017, with the governor making appointments. It also splits the board back in two with a separate Ethics Commission. The elections board will continue ongoing investigations. … Lewis said Cooper has not agreed to support the bill. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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