The North Carolina Board of Elections on Monday revealed that its investigation into the 2018 District 9 congressional election had been met with obstruction by people who funded the ballot fraud that was allegedly committed by supporters of Republican candidate Mark Harris.
In a hearing on Monday, State Board of Elections Director Kim Strach said that the investigation into the District 9 election has found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot operation."
McCrae Dowless, a political consultant for Harris, came under suspicion after his candidate appeared to defeat Democrat Dan McCready by just over 900 votes. The elections board presented evidence on Monday that the number of tainted ballots appeared to be greater than the margin of Harris' victory.
The investigators also said that there had been obstruction in the case, suggesting that they were not able to interview two GOP donors who are thought to have funded Dowless' operation.
Read some of the reporters below.
.#NCSBOE Director Kim Strach: investigation found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee bal… https://t.co/PTwL09aibw— Jim Morrill (@Jim Morrill)1550503042.0
Strach says they will show there were efforts to obstruct @ncsbe investigation and testimony at this hearing. #ncpol #nc09— Loretta Boniti (@Loretta Boniti)1550503749.0
"Efforts were made to obstruct this investigation and testimony provided at this hearing," @NCSBE Executive Directo… https://t.co/jnbJSzmqOV— Johnny Verhovek (@Johnny Verhovek)1550503878.0
This is huge. Without naming anyone specifically, @NCSBE executive director says people tried to obstruct the her… https://t.co/Hm1wCaAWwl— Andy Specht (@Andy Specht)1550503891.0
The group that paid Dowless for absentee ballot harvesting, which, as Dir. Strach/@NCSBE found, included obstructio… https://t.co/vDbHxu1e2o— Democracy NC (@Democracy NC)1550503899.0
NC elections board leader Kim Strach says she hasn't been able to speak with Andy Yates of Red Dome, which paid McC… https://t.co/Fw2njke9pZ— Andy Specht (@Andy Specht)1550503763.0