North Carolina accused of politically effective ballot fraud scandal

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The authorities in North Carolina on Wednesday arrested the fraud allegedly politically effective in the middle of a ballot scandal has led to a new house the choice.

The arrest of Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., came after a grand jury returned charges of alleged illegal possession of absentee ballots and obstruction of justice, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said.

Under North Carolina law, it is illegal for other than the voter or a close relative handle a mail-in ballot.

Dowless was charged in the grand jury indictment alleges, illegal possession of absentee ballots, obstruction of justice and conspiracy for justice to hinder it.


The alleged criminal acts “in the interests of the integrity of the absentee ballot process and the public’s confidence in the results of the elections, the dig said,” the charges.

Also, the people were loaded, Dowless is accused of collecting in the year 2016 ballot. Each faces one count of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and one count of possession of postal vote ballot papers.

The state elections board calculated that in the last year, Dowless tried to obstruct investigators by coaching his staff on what they should say, if in question.

In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr poses in front of his house in Bladenboro, N. C.-Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, that Dowless was arrested after the grand jury indictment alleges, illegal possession of absentee ballots and obstruction of justice. (Travis Long/News & observer via AP, file)

Dowless, who was hired by the Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, was heard in the middle of a ballot-harvest operation during the election of 2016, according to evidence in a special state board of elections.

In the year 2016, Dowless paid, people to visit, Bladen County voters and collect absentee ballots from you, a potential crime under North Carolina law, the state, elections, Board of investigators in a January 2018 the report. “Workers Dowless were required to hand-carry Dowless of the ballot to pay,” the report said.

Freeman court said negotiations in criminal proceedings will be scheduled during the last week in March in the Wake County court.

The arrest comes days after the North Carolina State Board of elections, the decision for a new election, in the state’s 9th congressional district. Harris, the outdated Democrat Dan McCready of 905 votes in the hotly contested race in North Carolina, has declared that he will not run in the re-election.

The elections Board still has no date for new elections in the 9.District.


Harris, who is not charged criminally, has denied knowledge of illegal practices by the parties involved with his campaign, but he could test the legal. Among the revelations during the last week in the state board hearing, Harris admitted during testimony, he wrote checks to Dowless in the year 2017, a possible violation of the law, when they reported by his campaign.


Fox News’ Bryan Llenas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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