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December 3, 2018 11:10 a.m.

Weekly Primer: Allegations of GOP Voter Fraud Heat Up In NC

The certification of a tight congressional race in the North Carolina has been delayed so that election officials can investigate allegations of voter fraud. Republican Mark Harris is leading the Democratic candidate, Dan McCready, by just 905 votes. The state elections board voted unanimously to hold off on certifying the election Friday, as initially planned, and seven of the nine board members voted to move forward with an investigation. The allegations concern a number of irregularities with mail-in ballots in Bladen and Robeson Counties, and elections officials have begun collecting affidavits from residents who recalled being approached by people in the lead-up to the election who claimed to be collecting mail-in ballots. The North Carolina State Board of Elections chairman, Democrat Andy Penry, resigned Saturday so that the investigation could continue without “attempts at distraction and obstruction” after concerns were raised by Republicans about Pendry’s tweets, some of which criticized President Trump. In Texas, an appeals court on Wednesday upheld a prison sentence for…

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