Election Fraud

  Final documents set stage for election fraud hearing

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, parties on both sides of the aisle submitted their final argument briefs for consideration, as well as a list of witnesses attorneys intend to call.

  Hatcher dismissing lawsuit, Greene stepping aside as acting sheriff in Columbus Co.

Harris team asks for subpoenas for Dowless, other key players in 9th district investigation

Citing election fraud hearing, lack of information, NCSBE will not appoint new members to election boards in Bladen, Columbus counties

Despite no evidence of building permits, Greene files documents saying he is building dream home on property

NCSBE sets hearing for election fraud investigation

Cooper names new state board of elections

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  Greene pays $25K bond to keep sheriff’s seat, for now

Grange named co-chair of state House elections committee

Greene has yet to post required $25K bond in dispute over rightful sheriff

Judge denies request to certify NC-9 race

Woman’s ballot thought to be missing was actually counted; state cites clerical error

McCready campaign, NCSBE call for Harris petition to be dismissed

  Hearing scheduled in dispute over rightful sheriff of Columbus County

A judge from another jurisdiction is heading to Columbus County this week to hear arguments that Lewis Hatcher should be reinstated as Sheriff.

Advocacy groups hold rally over election fraud investigation delay

Voters and leaders of advocacy groups from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh on Friday to express their frustration with the delays in the election fraud investigation.

In new affidavit, Bladen Elections chairman says staff found forged absentee ballot request forms

The Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections filed a new affidavit, made public for the first time Friday, that said staff at the county board of elections found three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election that had been forged.

Experts say uncertainty in 9th district could last months

Experts in North Carolina’s political landscape and election law say no matter which path the investigation goes down, the process will likely take months.

Mark Harris runs from reporters at government building in Charlotte

Community members pack commissioners meeting discussing sheriff’s legitimacy

Hatcher files motion to be reinstated as sheriff

Harris files request for court order demanding he be certified in 9th district

Harris plans to file legal action seeking certification in NC-9 election

Election fraud hearing postponed; Cooper will not appoint new board, calls lack of GOP support ‘obstruction’

Rep. Pittenger reflects on congressional tenure in announcement not to run in possible new primary

In a formal statement a day after a brief announcement, Pittenger said he will not run in any new primary that may result from the election fraud investigation underway in the district.

McCready campaign moves forward with fraud hearing suggestions despite uncertainty

The campaign wants no fewer than 48 people to be compelled to attend the hearing.

Tumultuous day leaves more questions than answers in election fraud investigation

With less than 90 minutes to go before the North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to dissolve, both Governor Roy Cooper and Republican Mark Harris released their solutions to the problem.

Future of NCSBE, election fraud investigation in flux as court denies extension, General Assembly overrides veto

Just hours after a vote to override the governor's latest veto, a court ruling further complicated the state's elections board.

Cooper calls GOP plan to override veto of elections bill ‘astonishing,’ asks citizens to press legislators

With just five days to go before the new North Carolina General Assembly is sworn in, republican legislators are preparing to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 1029.

McCready campaign submits affidavits in election fraud investigation

As state investigators continue digging into the irregularities with absentee by mail ballots in Bladen, Robeson and Columbus County, the involved parties are turning over affidavits and other documents.

  Despite word from NCSBE, Columbus County officials say they can’t address sheriff discrepancy

On Election Day, Greene led Hatcher by 34 votes, and after a recount, by 37 votes. However, multiple protests were filed with the county elections office in regard to Greene’s campaign.

Hatcher says he’s willing to serve Columbus Co. as sheriff if asked to resume duties

Jody Greene was sworn in on Dec. 3, but questions remain if the sheriff should be serving during the protest period.

Hidden in plain sight: A decade of local politics culminates in national election fraud investigation

In a small office space located just a few blocks off US Highway 701, two women held down operations as the phones rang nearly non-stop for a week.

Central figure in NC-09 investigation refuses interview with investigators

A key figure in the ongoing investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has refused an interview with investigators with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

What to do if you think you are a victim of election fraud

If you think you’re a victim of election fraud, attorneys want you to know what to do.

Person working for Dowless says in text message: ‘I’m scared...I’ve never been investigated for anything’

The North Carolina State Board of Elections released a lengthy report Wednesday on findings that could influence the investigation into election fraud in Bladen County.

Bladen County Town Hall: What happened to the ballots in Bladen County?

Democracy North Carolina, Progress North Carolina Action, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, NC NAACP, NC Black Alliance, and Blueprint NC are hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday in Bladenboro.

Lawyer for central figure in NC-09 investigation releases statement, denies client broke law

The lawyer for a man who has come to be a central figure in the ongoing scrutiny over potential voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has issued a statement on her client’s behalf.

Cooper to veto bill addressing NC-09 election redo

North Carolina’s governor says he’s vetoing legislation directing new elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race because the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws.

At least 21 candidates used Dowless, Red Dome over last decade

These candidates, whose constituencies cover Bladen County, Columbus County, Pender County, Brunswick County and New Hanover County, all listed Dowless, Red Dome, Politico Management Services or Patriots for Progress on their official campaign finance reports.

Bladen Co. commissioners adopt resolution asking state board to certify political races

The resolution asking the state Board of Elections to certify the three races in question passed 5-4.

NCGOP calls on elections board to immediately produce evidence or certify results in NC-09 race

Leadership in the North Carolina Republican Party released a resolution Monday calling on the North Carolina State Board of Elections to either hold a public evidentiary hearing to detail evidence of election fraud in the 9th Congressional district or immediately certify the race’s results.

Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District

Republican Mark Harris is speaking publicly for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of his race for Congress.

NBC’s Chuck Todd expects new election in NC-9 because of fraud investigation

The investigation into potential election fraud in Bladen and Robeson counties has grabbed national headlines. Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press”, said Friday many pundits in Washington, DC are expecting a new election in North Carolina's Ninth District as a result.

Bladen County state senator refuses to answer questions about election fraud investigation

WECT wanted to ask Bill Rabon about the election fraud investigation happening in part of the district he represents.

Bladen election officials prepare for possible election

The Bladen County Board of Elections is making preparations and decisions as if a new election in the 9th Congressional District was imminent.

  NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

As evidence mounts of election fraud in Bladen County, WECT has learned this may not be an isolated problem. WECT has just uncovered that things in Columbus County may be even worse.

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.

McVicker campaign paid man connected to alleged NC ballot harvesting operation

During the 2018 election cycle, the campaign to re-elect James McVicker as Bladen County Sheriff paid four parties for “get out the vote” activities.

Lawmakers, political parties push harder for new NC-9 election as evidence of fraud grows

Photo surfaces of McCrae Dowless and Mark Harris together at a dinner in March in Bladen County.

Witnesses say McCrae Dowless had possession of hundreds of absentee ballots

The figure at the center of the investigation into election fraud in Bladen County and Robeson County was seen holding a large number of absentee ballots during the campaign.

Complaint filed against Bladen County sheriff for electioneering near voters casting ballots

According to state law, candidates are prohibited from campaigning within the “buffer zone,” which is at least 25 feet from the front entrance, but can be up to 50 feet.

Bladen County sheriff’s connection to Red Dome, Dowless predates first term

Campaign finance reports show McVicker's campaign paid Red Dome $8,000 during the 2018 campaign, and Dowless another $8,800.

Columbus County sheriff paid group under investigation for NC9 election fraud

Greene defeated incumbent Lewis Hatcher by 34 votes, a result that was only certified after a hand recount the county needed the state’s assistance to complete.

More time may be needed for election decision

Chairman Joshua Malcolm wrote state judges Monday that those subpoenaed in the 9th Congressional District case have said they need more time to produce additional records.

‘Person of interest’ in elections fraud investigation was ‘throwing ballots in the wastebasket,’ Democratic party chair says

Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder says said in an interview with WECT that reliable sources have told him McCrae Dowless, who is at the center of an elections fraud investigation so serious voters may have to go back to the polls for an elections do over, upped the ante this electio

Bladen elections vice-chair explains sudden resignation

Amidst the Bladen County elections fiasco which has delayed the certification of a US Congressional race, another top elections official has just resigned.

Political committees for McVicker, Harris issued subpoenas in elections investigation

The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement confirmed several pieces of information surrounding the investigation into potential elections fraud in the Ninth Congressional District race, including the fact that the political committee of Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker received a subpoena

Republican Harris: I will accept new election in NC-9 Congressional race if fraud found

Republican Mark Harris issued a video statement on Friday afternoon, breaking his silence for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of the 9th Congressional District contest, the unofficial results of which Harris won.

GOP candidate in contested NC congressional race owes $34K to scrutinized consultant

A new filing shows the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s unresolved congressional race owes $34,000 to a consultant that’s been subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe.

NC-9 candidate McCready withdraws concession, calls on Harris to speak up

Dan McCready, a Democrat who lost to Republican Mark Harris by nearly 1,000 votes in the general election for the 9th Congressional District, released a video on his Twitter feed Thursday evening calling for Harris "to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when."

‘I give it to them and they mailed it off’ Bladen absentee voter recounts casting his ballot

A review of absentee ballot covers for ballots cast in Bladen County in the 2018 general election show two people associated with the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC witnessed more than 100 absentee ballots.

Records point to third coordinated absentee ballot effort in NC District 9

Records released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections this week and campaign finance reports point to a third coordinated effort surrounding absentee ballots in the county’s 2018 elections.

Dan McCready withdraws concession to Mark Harris in NC District 9 race

Democrat Dan McCready is withdrawing his concession to Republican Mark Harris amid turmoil surrounding North Carolina’s controversial District 9 race, his campaign confirmed Thursday.

NC Senators call for creation of committee to evaluate District 9 voting irregularities

Three Republican Senators from North Carolina are calling on Governor Roy Cooper to create a bipartisan task force to investigate voting irregularities spanning multiple election cycles, including the 2016 gubernatorial election.

State, federal lawmakers react to election fraud investigation in NC 9

Both state and federal elected officials on both sides of the aisle held press conferences to address the growing evidence of election fraud in the race for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district.

NC GOP leader open to new election in disputed congressional district

A leader of the North Carolina Republican Party says the organization would be open to a new election if an investigation were to find a high likelihood that wrongdoing swayed the state's unresolved congressional race.

Former Bladen Co. elections chairman says he reported ballot irregularities to state of NC in 2010

Documents obtained by WBTV show elections officials in Bladen County reported irregularities with absentee ballots in the 2010 election, years before similar concerns came to light in 2016 and in recent weeks following the 2018 race.

Bladen County Commission to continue business uninterrupted despite election concerns

The Bladen County Commission will continue with business as usual until the N.C. State Board of Elections signs off on the commission's District 3 winner.

Former friend of NC-9 campaign worker: ‘He indicated he knew the election laws better than the board of elections did'

Jeff Smith, a former friend of McCrae Dowless, said Dowless assured him everything going on “was legal.”

Bladen County district attorney ‘deeply troubled’ by election fraud allegations

District Attorney Jon David said he rescued his office from investigating allegations of absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County in 2016 and previously referred the matter to the SBI and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, hinting that targets in the alleged incidents two years ago are likely

Handwritten notes show efforts to collect absentee ballots in exchange for money in Bladen Co.

The two people who provided the notes to WBTV asked they not be identified to provide documents that could later become evidence in the ongoing investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Campaign worker for N.C. congressional candidate has criminal history

WECT uncovered documents at the Bladen County Board of Elections office that show McCrae Dowless, a convicted felon who has done prison time after convictions for fraud and perjury, personally turned in hundreds and hundreds of absentee ballot requests leading up to the November election.

Chairman resigns from NC Board of Elections amid voter fraud investigation

He appears to be stepping down to avoid being a distraction during a very serious investigation into concerns of fraud or voting irregularities in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District race.

NC elections board again delays certifying congressional race, to hold hearing over Bladen ‘irregularities’

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is examining potential “irregularities” with absentee by mail ballot envelopes in Bladen County which delayed the board’s decision to finalize the results of a close U.S. House race in the 9th Congressional District.

AP retracts call in North Carolina Congress race

The board voted 7-2 on Friday to hear evidence by Dec. 21 on whether to finalize the result. The board could ultimately decide to hold a new election.

Fraud investigation in 9th District race ongoing, certification in limbo

Fraud investigation in 9th District race ongoing, certification in limbo