RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The countrys last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, disappearing documents and blank ballots that were filled in by people hired by the Republican candidate, North Carolina elections officials said.
The state elections board could decide as early as Tuesday whether possibly criminal ballot fraud was unfortunate but tolerable, or whether to order a new election in the 9th congressional district.
A political operative hired by Republican Mark Harris led a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme in last years general election in rural Bladen and Robeson counties, which are part of the congressional district, state elections director Kim Strach said Monday.
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