Pelosi: House Could Take 'Extraordinary Step' on NC Election

Democrat Calls for Emergency Hearing in North Carolina's 9th District Race Over Voter Fraud

North Carolina candidate paid $428k to consulting firm linked to alleged ballot tampering

In North Carolina's 9th District, an alleged election tampering scheme casted doubt on the results of November's election.

The claims proved untrue.

North Carolina's board of elections is also investigating concerns about ballot collection, as well as unusually high interest in absentee ballots in Bladen and Robeson counties.

Harris, the Republican candidate, won 61 percent of the mail-in ballots that were turned in. It would mean "this was fraud perpetrated upon voters", she said, "not fraud perpetrated by voters".

Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House "retains the right to decide who is seated" and could take the "extraordinary step" of calling for a new election if the victor isn't clear. Still, those allegations spurred a slew of restrictions on voting, including strict limits on what kinds of identification can be used and requirements that registrations exactly match other public documents, down to middle initials and hyphens.

"It's a rigged system", President Trump said.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in MI and Wisconsin are fighting rearguard actions after the party lost control of top offices in November.

"As you know, it's not just the Democrats who have a problem with how it went in North Carolina, the Republicans have a problem, too, because it affected their primary election", Pelosi added.

The current North Carolina scandal is rich on a number of levels.

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The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats. The same year, The New Yorker continued, Dowless was running to remain the incumbent vice-chairman of Bladen County's Soil and Water Conservation district board.

The State Board of Elections is investigating whether he had a role in manipulating or even handling absentee ballots. "They're very disturbing", Woodhouse said.

The pattern was first identified by Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. On Sunday, Hayes said there weren't enough questioned ballots to change the race's outcome, and the next day he accused a Democratic member of the state board of "score-settling".

"I think there were a lot of frustrated feelings inside the room as we saw the results come in", he said. In Bladen County, Dowless employees told local television station WSOC and BuzzFeed News that they collected absentee ballots from people and gave them to Dowless, which violates state law. Some were in open envelopes or only partially completed. He has denied any wrongdoing to The Charlotte Observer. He didn't return an email seeking comment. State officials plan a hearing by December 21. Wake County district attorney Lorrin Freeman told CNN on Wednesday that many appear to have been destroyed. The board will work with the prosecutor, he said.

In North Carolina there has arisen a call by state lawmakers for an investigation of voter fraud. "Taking possession of one ballot or a thousand ballots is a felony".

Multiple voters said in interviews that they handed over their ballots - some of which were not fully filled out and were left unsealed - to people who showed up at their doors and offered to collect them.

If the results are certified when the board meets December 21, the loser can contest the result within 30 days.

The 9th congressional district has been represented by a Republican in Washington for more than five decades.

In Congress, Democrats are considering their options. She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners. Initial counts showed Moody to be the victor by 138 votes.

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