The North Carolina Democrat called on his Republican opponent, pastor Mark Harris, "to tell the American people exactly what he knew and when he knew it". But U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who will become House majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January, has said Democrats will refuse to seat Harris unless and until "substantial" questions about the integrity of the election are resolved.
A look at the numbers from the GOP primary in North Carolina show that Harris won by an extraordinary margin in the absentee-by-mail results, with an edge of 437-17 over Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC).
On Friday, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement called for an evidentiary hearing by December 21 to consider "claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" during the campaign, particularly over absentee ballot collection.
The allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District are now supported by a devastating amount of evidence. Leslie McCrae Dowless, the "independent contractor who worked on grassroots for the [Harris] campaign", denied any wrongdoing, The Charlotte Observer reported.
"Any member-elect can object to the seating or the swearing in of another member-elect, and we'll see how that goes". For almost the past decade, Dowless has been hired by state and local candidates to "get out the vote", and his past efforts have also been marked with absentee mail-in ballot irregularities.
"The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the victor of the election", Pelosi added. It also didn't certify the results of the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 and in Robeson County the District Court 16B Seat 2 race between Republican Jack Moody and Democrat Vanessa Burton. One log showed Boyd dropped off only four absentee ballots during the election and that they were from herself, her husband and her husband's parents.
It is the latest wrinkle in an election mess that left the 9th District as the last undecided House race of 2018.
Nearly a month after Republican Mark Harris declared victory in his North Carolina race for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state's election board is declining to certify the result as it probes mail-in ballots from two rural counties that have been called into question.
At issue is who can handle completed ballots.
A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris' chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. They said neither election boards appointed by under governors from both parties, nor prosecutors, have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.
"What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation", said Sen. Dan Bishop said at a press conference with fellow Republicans, according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh. As my colleague Eric Levitz describes, local and national news outlets continue to uncover evidence of electoral fraud committed by an operative hired by Harris's campaign. 'If we find the irregularities and the vote count being where it is, then (a new election) certainly is an option'.