Voting rights

North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in House election

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

An investigation into North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District 2018 election has found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in two counties carried out by a political operative hired by the Republican candidate, the state’s elections board executive director revealed Monday at a hearing.

Why it matters: The evidentiary hearing may last for two days and it could prompt the five-member election board to certify the November results or order a new election in the district if there’s strong evidence that ballot-tampering was widespread enough to affect the outcome of the race. Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders in Washington had signaled that they could launch their own inquiry, depending on the outcome of hearing.

In State of the Union response, Stacey Abrams slams Trump

Former Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Former Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams stepped back into the national political spotlight Tuesday night, delivering a blistering rebuke to President Trump in the Democratic response to his State of the Union.

Catch up quick: Abrams took Trump to task over the recent 35-day partial government shutdown, calling it a "stunt engineered [by Trump], one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people — but our values."

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