Elections

North Carolina board calls for new election in disputed House race

North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year.
North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday voted to call a new election for the state's 9th congressional district amid evidence of ballot-tampering.

Why it matters: This comes days after the board said its investigation found evidence that a political operative working on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris had coordinated an "unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme," including efforts of a cover-up.

North Carolina GOP candidate says new election should be called

North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year.
North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, whose campaign is at the center of a ballot-fraud inquiry, told state election officials during a hearing on Thursday that a new election should be called to settle the disputed 9th congressional district race.

Why it matters: Harris holds an unofficial 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, but the North Carolina State Board of Elections had declined to certify him as a winner last year due to claims of "numerous" absentee voting irregularities.

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