Dec 28, 2018

North Carolina elections board dissolves amid fraud investigation

Republican Mark Harris. Photo: Sean Rayford via Getty Images

North Carolina's elections board dissolved Friday without certifying the results of the state's 9th congressional race, which has been marred by allegations that a contractor for Republican Mark Harris committed election fraud to help him defeat his Democratic opponent Dan McCready, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The board disbanded as a result of an unrelated court order that ruled its structure was unconstitutional.

  • Investigators looking into allegations of misconduct involving absentee ballots were planning to present their findings to the board at a Jan. 11 hearing. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday he would name an interim board to ensure the hearing took place, but Republicans in the state argue the board would not have legitimate authority to rule on the case.

What's next: The allegations will not be settled by the time the new Congress convenes on Jan. 3, with incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she will not seat Harris until the allegations are settled. In the event that a new elections board is not formed, the Democrat-controlled House Administration Committee has the authority "to investigate the election, to determine a winner, or to call for a new election if it deems it necessary," per the Times.

Go deeper: There's a major election fraud case unfolding in North Carolina

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Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

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Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.