Lectionfraud’: Watch Colbert take on NC voter fraud allegations

Lectionfraud’: Watch Colbert take on NC voter fraud allegations

Another woman, Lisa Britt, who signed 28 of the Robeson ballots, also witnessed 42 ballots in Bladen County.

Democratic U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia on Wednesday called for an emergency congressional hearing into the matter, accusing national Republicans including President Donald Trump of hypocrisy for ignoring the case after years of claiming voter fraud without evidence.

The congressman turned to a group of friends and family who had gathered with him on election night at a steakhouse near Charlotte, North Carolina, and blamed the "ballot stuffers in Bladen", according to three people at the gathering.

Robert Pittenger lost his primary by a narrow margin in May, he suspected something was amiss. 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 same information was sent to Bladen County District Attorney Jon David, she said, but he requested that Freeman take the lead in the probe. In Robeson County, almost two-thirds of the ballots were not returned, while Bladen had 40 percent that were not sent back. Dowless's operation also appears to have targeted African-American voters, many of them elderly - a constituency that is typically hostile to Republican candidates.

The Harris campaign stands accused of paying a Bladen County man, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., to conduct ballot harvesting on Harris's behalf. "This election system they have - I can't begin to understand what "ballot harvesting" is". An analysis by Catawba College's J. Michael Bitzer found that McCready won lopsided majorities of absentee ballots in seven of the eight counties that comprise the 9th District, except in Bladen County. An Oct. 17 News & Observer article, titled, "A spike in absentee ballot requests from NC Democrats, typically a GOP strength", noted that 45 percent more Democrats than Republicans had requested absentee ballots. Under a new California law, a relative or a third-party person living in the home can cast an absentee vote for someone unable or perhaps unwilling to vote.

"All Republicans across the state are horrified by this".




Boyd also listed Dowless' office address when she dropped off over 230 voter registration forms at the Robeson County Board of Elections in September, according to board records reviewed by HuffPost.

"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.

"I will confirm we have had the assistance of the FBI", Freeman said. Harris won 61 percent of the mail-in ballots there, even though registered Republicans accounted for 19 percent of the county's accepted absentee ballots.

"And the House leadership is not going to let that happen", he said. Hoyer said Harris is "not eligible for being sworn into the House" at this point.

Earlier this week, Woodhouse was pushing for the state board of elections to "immediately" certify Harris' victory while it continued its investigation. They say restricting who can collect ballots punishes certain voters without doing anything to actually detect, deter or punish fraud. The board is unlikely to declare McCready the victor barring clear evidence that he received more votes overall.

"I have been studying Southern politics for 30 years and North Carolina politics for 15, and I have never seen anything like that", Bitzer said. Multiple people have admitted to WSOC's Joe Bruno that they were paid to serve as witnesses to and collect absentee mail-in ballots, which is illegal.

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