Electoral fraud

Federal Election Commission chair rebukes Trump's 2016 voter fraud claims

Ellen Weintraub, the chair of the Federal Election Commission, said on CNN Monday that "there is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election," despite President Trump's claims.

North Carolina ballot fraud probe: GOP operative faces fresh charges

Leslie McCrae Dowless sits in his kitchen in Bladenboro, NC.
Leslie McCrae Dowless sits in his kitchen in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Photo: Justin Kase Conder for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A Republican political operative in North Carolina accused of ballot tampering in a 2018 congressional election was hit with new felony charges on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Leslie McCrae Dowless was already facing obstruction and conspiracy charges relating to an investigation into North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District 2018 election. That probe found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in 2 counties.