"It could be weeks before the state board of elections, courts or U.S. House of Representatives decides the next step in the election fraud investigation in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, and it could be months before the situation is entirely settled."
Pastor Mark Harris (R) has "asked the Wake County Superior Court to force the NCSBE to certify the election. ... After Harris filed his writ of mandamus, a court spokesperson said there will be a hearing, but not before Jan. 14, when documents are due from each side.Even if the court rules in Harris' favor, former special counsel to the General Assembly Gerry Cohen said the U.S. House has constitutional authority to refuse to seat Harris. Democratic leaders in the House have said if the board certifies Harris without completing the investigation, the House may seek legal action against the state. Cohen said even if the Superior Court grants Harris' request, that decision could be appealed all the way up to the state Supreme Court."
"The North Carolina State Board of Elections will be re-established on Jan. 31 as Gov. Roy Cooper (D) fulfills the new law passed by the General Assembly appointing three Democrats and two Republicans. ... A hearing could be held as soon as early February, and the NCSBE has the power to call for a new election if there is evidence of fraud or tampering."
"The U.S. House could also launch its own investigation and call for a new election through at least two of its committees, though it’s unclear whether or not the ongoing government shutdown could delay such proceedings. ... If the House declares the seat vacant rather than just undecided, state law dictates what happens next, and the lengthy process for which voters are in store. With the vacancy happening in the first year of the term for the ninth district seat, a 1947 law requires there be an entire election process, including a primary, second primary or runoff and the final election. That process, with the 45-day minimum for absentee and military voting, takes a minimum of seven months." (WECT)