Election Fraud

  Protecting your voice: Restoring voter confidence in the wake of election fraud

  NC9 Special Election: Final list of candidates determined

  Search warrants indicate SBI tailed Dowless during 2018 election

  McCrae Dowless received absentee ballot data from Columbus County

Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

  New 9th district election, Bladen County re-dos scheduled

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  Town commissioner at odds with Bladen sheriff, connected to 9th district figure, voluntarily closes electronic gaming business to avoid raid

  NCSBE hearing into Columbus County sheriff’s race postponed; attorneys allowed to gather more evidence

  State elections board to schedule new NC9 election, discuss Columbus County Sheriff protest

  Central figure in election fraud investigation indicted on seven charges

Chief deputy serving as sheriff despite settlement agreement

NC9 fallout: Candidates look ahead to running in local races, again

  Mark Harris announces he will not run in NC District 9 special election

Harris, who was the unofficial winner of the 9th District election in November, made the announcement just days after a four-day hearing into alleged election fraud held by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

State will monitor new elections in Bladen County

The hearing into election fraud in parts of North Carolina’s 9th congressional district might be over — but the work in Bladen County is just beginning.

State records contradict sheriff’s candidate’s address history

Documents unearthed through a subpoena appear to show contradictory information about when Columbus County Sheriff candidate Jody Greene lived in that county. Greene's residency is the subject of an ongoing challenge to his legal eligibility to serve as sheriff.

Former Gov. Pat McCrory announces he will not run for 9th District seat

Former Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday he will not to run for the seat in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district.

  NC9 hearing day 4: State board unanimously votes to hold new election

  Day 3 of NC9 hearing: Son of Mark Harris says he found McCrae Dowless suspicious; Red Dome leader continues testimony

  NC9 hearing day 2: Witness indicates early vote totals leaked, Red Dome leader testifies

  NC9 hearing: McCrae Dowless, man at the center of the investigation into election fraud, refuses to testify as state presents evidence

  With hearing set to begin, a look back at the election fraud investigation

  Final documents set stage for election fraud hearing

  State concerned over Columbus County board’s dismissal of election protest on technicality

Email from State Board of Elections attorney Joshua Lawson to Columbus County attorney Amanda Prince raises questions about the Columbus County Board of Elections' handling of a protest filed in the sheriff’s race.

  Hatcher, Greene reach settlement over disputed sheriff seat; lawsuit officially dismissed

Jody Greene will remain acting sheriff in Columbus County for at least a few more days.

  Hatcher dismissing lawsuit, Greene stepping aside as acting sheriff in Columbus Co.

Attorneys released a joint statement late Thursday night from Lewis Hatcher and Jody Greene. They've reached an agreement that results in Hatcher dismissing his lawsuit and Greene stepping aside as acting sheriff while state elections officials resolve pending elections protests.

  Harris team asks for subpoenas for Dowless, other key players in 9th district investigation

The legal team for Republican Mark Harris wants several key players in the investigation into alleged election fraud in Bladen County and beyond to appear in person at the hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

  Citing election fraud hearing, lack of information, NCSBE will not appoint new members to election boards in Bladen, Columbus counties

Two counties in Southeastern North Carolina will remain without a county board of elections for the immediate future.

  Despite no evidence of building permits, Greene files documents saying he is building dream home on property

The documents also show more than 40 people in the Cerro Gordo area submitted affidavits claiming Greene lives on the property.

NCSBE sets hearing for election fraud investigation

More than two months after originally putting the certification of North Carolina’s 9th congressional district race on hold, there is finally a date-certain for learning an outcome.

  Cooper names new state board of elections

A month after a court ruling dissolved the nine-member North Carolina State Board of Elections, the new version of the board finally has its members.

  Greene pays $25K bond to keep sheriff’s seat, for now

Acting Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene has posted a $25,000 bond to keep his seat as sheriff, for now. Wake County Superior Court Judge Graham Shirley ordered Greene to pay that bond as part of an ongoing legal dispute over who is the rightful sheriff of Columbus County.

  Grange named co-chair of state House elections committee

A New Hanover County state representative was given a key leadership role in the North Carolina General Assembly.

  Greene has yet to post required $25K bond in dispute over rightful sheriff

Attorneys for Lewis Hatcher have filed documents requesting detailed financial information, property records, and personnel records for Jody Greene in their attempt to prove Hatcher should still be serving as Columbus County sheriff.

  Judge denies request to certify NC-9 race

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway will consider a petition from Republican Mark Harris for a Writ of Mandamus, a request asking the court to force the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to certify him as the winner of the contest.

Woman’s ballot thought to be missing was actually counted; state cites clerical error

Patrick Gannon, spokesperson for the state agency, said it was a clerical error that led to the belief Herring’s vote was not counted.

McCready campaign, NCSBE call for Harris petition to be dismissed

Wake County Superior Court has not set a date to hear a petition from Republican Mark Harris — but the stage is set for one.

  Hearing scheduled in dispute over rightful sheriff of Columbus County

A judge from another jurisdiction is heading to Columbus County this week to hear arguments that Lewis Hatcher should be reinstated as Sheriff.

  Advocacy groups hold rally over election fraud investigation delay

Voters and leaders of advocacy groups from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh on Friday to express their frustration with the delays in the election fraud investigation.

In new affidavit, Bladen Elections chairman says staff found forged absentee ballot request forms

The Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections filed a new affidavit, made public for the first time Friday, that said staff at the county board of elections found three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election that had been forged.

  Experts say uncertainty in 9th district could last months

Experts in North Carolina’s political landscape and election law say no matter which path the investigation goes down, the process will likely take months.

Mark Harris runs from reporters at government building in Charlotte

Republican Mark Harris ran from a group of reporters and set off a fire alarm at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government building Monday night.

  Community members pack commissioners meeting discussing sheriff’s legitimacy

Supporters for Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene and former Sheriff Lewis Hatcher packed the Dempsey B. Herring Courthouse Annex on Monday night for the first county commissioners meeting since questions were raised about the legitimacy of Greene’s win in the November general election.

  Hatcher files motion to be reinstated as sheriff

Taking matters into his own hands, former Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher on Friday filed an injunction requesting a judge revoke the recently elected sheriff’s powers and allow him to resume the role of the top law enforcement officer in the county.

  Harris files request for court order demanding he be certified in 9th district

On Nov. 30, the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 7-2 to not certify Harris, who unofficially leads the race for the seat against Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, as the winner of the contest.

  Harris plans to file legal action seeking certification in NC-9 election

The campaign of Republican Mark Harris said he plans to file a legal challenge on Thursday that will ask a court to order he immediately be certified as the winner of the 9th Congressional District election.

  Election fraud hearing postponed; Cooper will not appoint new board, calls lack of GOP support ‘obstruction’

There will be no new state board of elections — at least for the time being.

Rep. Pittenger reflects on congressional tenure in announcement not to run in possible new primary

In a formal statement a day after a brief announcement, Pittenger said he will not run in any new primary that may result from the election fraud investigation underway in the district.

  McCready campaign moves forward with fraud hearing suggestions despite uncertainty

The campaign wants no fewer than 48 people to be compelled to attend the hearing.

  Tumultuous day leaves more questions than answers in election fraud investigation

With less than 90 minutes to go before the North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to dissolve, both Governor Roy Cooper and Republican Mark Harris released their solutions to the problem.

Future of NCSBE, election fraud investigation in flux as court denies extension, General Assembly overrides veto

Just hours after a vote to override the governor's latest veto, a court ruling further complicated the state's elections board.

  Cooper calls GOP plan to override veto of elections bill ‘astonishing,’ asks citizens to press legislators

With just five days to go before the new North Carolina General Assembly is sworn in, republican legislators are preparing to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 1029.

McCready campaign submits affidavits in election fraud investigation

As state investigators continue digging into the irregularities with absentee by mail ballots in Bladen, Robeson and Columbus County, the involved parties are turning over affidavits and other documents.

  Despite word from NCSBE, Columbus County officials say they can’t address sheriff discrepancy

On Election Day, Greene led Hatcher by 34 votes, and after a recount, by 37 votes. However, multiple protests were filed with the county elections office in regard to Greene’s campaign.

  Hatcher says he’s willing to serve Columbus Co. as sheriff if asked to resume duties

Jody Greene was sworn in on Dec. 3, but questions remain if the sheriff should be serving during the protest period.

Hidden in plain sight: A decade of local politics culminates in national election fraud investigation

In a small office space located just a few blocks off US Highway 701, two women held down operations as the phones rang nearly non-stop for a week.

Central figure in NC-09 investigation refuses interview with investigators

A key figure in the ongoing investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has refused an interview with investigators with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  What to do if you think you are a victim of election fraud

If you think you’re a victim of election fraud, attorneys want you to know what to do.

  Person working for Dowless says in text message: ‘I’m scared...I’ve never been investigated for anything’

The North Carolina State Board of Elections released a lengthy report Wednesday on findings that could influence the investigation into election fraud in Bladen County.

Bladen County Town Hall: What happened to the ballots in Bladen County?

Democracy North Carolina, Progress North Carolina Action, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, NC NAACP, NC Black Alliance, and Blueprint NC are hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday in Bladenboro.

Lawyer for central figure in NC-09 investigation releases statement, denies client broke law

The lawyer for a man who has come to be a central figure in the ongoing scrutiny over potential voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has issued a statement on her client’s behalf.

Cooper to veto bill addressing NC-09 election redo

North Carolina’s governor says he’s vetoing legislation directing new elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race because the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws.

  At least 21 candidates used Dowless, Red Dome over last decade

These candidates, whose constituencies cover Bladen County, Columbus County, Pender County, Brunswick County and New Hanover County, all listed Dowless, Red Dome, Politico Management Services or Patriots for Progress on their official campaign finance reports.

  Bladen Co. commissioners adopt resolution asking state board to certify political races

The resolution asking the state Board of Elections to certify the three races in question passed 5-4.

NCGOP calls on elections board to immediately produce evidence or certify results in NC-09 race

Leadership in the North Carolina Republican Party released a resolution Monday calling on the North Carolina State Board of Elections to either hold a public evidentiary hearing to detail evidence of election fraud in the 9th Congressional district or immediately certify the race’s results.

Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District

Republican Mark Harris is speaking publicly for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of his race for Congress.

  NBC’s Chuck Todd expects new election in NC-9 because of fraud investigation

The investigation into potential election fraud in Bladen and Robeson counties has grabbed national headlines. Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press”, said Friday many pundits in Washington, DC are expecting a new election in North Carolina's Ninth District as a result.

Bladen County state senator refuses to answer questions about election fraud investigation

WECT wanted to ask Bill Rabon about the election fraud investigation happening in part of the district he represents.

Bladen election officials prepare for possible election

The Bladen County Board of Elections is making preparations and decisions as if a new election in the 9th Congressional District was imminent.

  NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

As evidence mounts of election fraud in Bladen County, WECT has learned this may not be an isolated problem. WECT has just uncovered that things in Columbus County may be even worse.

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.

‘I haven’t committed any crimes.’ Woman at center of voter fraud allegations breaks her silence

The woman at the center of allegations of voter fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race is breaking her silence, speaking only with WBTV about the work she did in the 2018 election.

  McVicker campaign paid man connected to alleged NC ballot harvesting operation

During the 2018 election cycle, the campaign to re-elect James McVicker as Bladen County Sheriff paid four parties for “get out the vote” activities.

  Lawmakers, political parties push harder for new NC-9 election as evidence of fraud grows

Photo surfaces of McCrae Dowless and Mark Harris together at a dinner in March in Bladen County.

  Witnesses say McCrae Dowless had possession of hundreds of absentee ballots

The figure at the center of the investigation into election fraud in Bladen County and Robeson County was seen holding a large number of absentee ballots during the campaign.

  Complaint filed against Bladen County sheriff for electioneering near voters casting ballots

According to state law, candidates are prohibited from campaigning within the “buffer zone,” which is at least 25 feet from the front entrance, but can be up to 50 feet.

Bladen County sheriff’s connection to Red Dome, Dowless predates first term

Campaign finance reports show McVicker's campaign paid Red Dome $8,000 during the 2018 campaign, and Dowless another $8,800.

  Columbus County sheriff paid group under investigation for NC9 election fraud

Greene defeated incumbent Lewis Hatcher by 34 votes, a result that was only certified after a hand recount the county needed the state’s assistance to complete.

More time may be needed for election decision

Chairman Joshua Malcolm wrote state judges Monday that those subpoenaed in the 9th Congressional District case have said they need more time to produce additional records.

‘Person of interest’ in elections fraud investigation was ‘throwing ballots in the wastebasket,’ Democratic party chair says

Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder says said in an interview with WECT that reliable sources have told him McCrae Dowless, who is at the center of an elections fraud investigation so serious voters may have to go back to the polls for an elections do over, upped the ante this electio

Bladen elections vice-chair explains sudden resignation

Amidst the Bladen County elections fiasco which has delayed the certification of a US Congressional race, another top elections official has just resigned.