New Election Restores Fairness for Voters
RALEIGH, NC – Yesterday, the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) unanimously voted to hold a new election for the 9th Congressional district. This decision comes after claims involving absentee voter manipulation arose following the 2018 midterm election. The claims led to an investigation and an eventual request by candidate Mark Harris for a new election.
“The evidence was overwhelming, but the decision was made easier by Mr. Harris’s concession that the election was tainted,” said Janet Hoy, co-President, League of Women Voters of North Carolina. “The League of Women Voters endorses this decision and thanks the Board and their staff for their diligence in fully investigating this issue considering all the other challenges they faced in finalizing elections across the state.”
The investigation centered around alleged suppression and tampering of absentee ballots in North Carolina’s 9th District Congressional race, which was the last undecided contest from the 2018 midterm election.
“This is a fair decision for North Carolinians in the 9th District,” said Karen Bean, co-president of The League of Women Voters of North Carolina. “The League watched this issue very closely from the beginning and will work with the impacted voters and election officials to ensure that future elections are protected from this kind of tampering. Voters must have assurance that their votes are counted and their elections are fair.”
To learn more about the rescheduled election, visit lwvnc.org.
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Chapel Hill, NC – The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is committed to fair elections and strongly supports the Board of Elections’ decision to delay certification of the results of the 9th Congressional District election until a thorough investigation has been conducted. The integrity of our election process must be ensured, and those responsible for undermining our democracy should be held accountable.
The League of Women Voters North Carolina and Democracy North Carolina worked together to conduct interviews across the state with local board of elections officials to get an on-the-ground view of voting administration resources and procedures in order to ensure smooth and efficient voting processes and procedures and better serve voters.
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