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Mar 4, 2019

Voting Rights: Dowless Arrested As NC-9 Prepares For New Election

In North Carolina, the local operative allegedly behind an absentee ballot fraud scheme was arrested Wednesday. Leslie McCrae Dowless is facing three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballots. Dowless, whose operation prompted state officials to call a new election in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, is being prosecuted by the Wake County District Attorney. House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled legislation to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. The bill, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, is similar to VRA fix legislation put forward by Democrats in 2017. Under the proposed fix, states or localities that are found to have violated voting rights — via a court ruling, a settlement or an objection by the Attorney General — a specific amount of times within a particular time period would be put under preclearance, requiring them to get federal…

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