Electoral fraud

McCrae Dowless indicted in N.C. election fraud case

McCrae Dowless. Photo: Justin Kase Conder for The Washington Post via Getty Images

McCrae Dowless, the political operative at the heart of the election fraud case in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, was indicted on seven charges Wednesday, per the Wake County District Attorney's office.

Details: Dowless is facing counts of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and possession of absentee ballots. He worked on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris, who has announced he will not run in the district's new election, and Dowless stands accused of collecting and filling out hundreds of voters’ absentee ballots.

Go deeper: North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in House election

Reality check: McConnell falsely blames Democrats for N.C. electoral fraud

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued Tuesday on the Senate floor that Democrats are responsible for the absentee ballot fraud that benefited Republican candidate Mark Harris in a disputed congressional district race last year, because they haven’t supported measures such as voter ID laws.

Reality check: McConnell is incorrect when he states that measures like voter IDs would have prevented the absentee ballot fraud scandal in North Carolina. In fact, the workers Harris hired violated North Carolina election law by collecting absentee ballots from voters, forging signatures, opening unsealed ballots and filling out down-ballot races in favor of Republicans.

More stories loading.