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North Carolina GOP Admits To Election Fraud And It’s All Their Fault

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Yes, it is very nearly Christmas and yes, we are still going on about those dreaded midterm elections from the beginning of November, which now seems like an age ago. It is, though, with very good reason – the outrageous conduct of statewide Republican parties up and down the country in the immediate aftermarth of election day, coupled with the seemingly endless allegations of electoral fraud and directly contradictory news reports, have cast a huge cloud of doubt over the entire election season, with many alleging that such voter fraud was widespread, which would be quite something.

Now, the North Carolina GOP has made a truly incredible statement on this matter, apparently hoping that since it is so long after the elections themselves and so much else is happening in the mean time, that no one would notice. Their hopes were, of course, in vain – here at Blue Side Nation, given the current state of American politics, we are in no mood to let the Republicans get away with anything, especially not something so massive as election rigging and electoral fraud.

State GOP executive director for North Carolina Dallas Woodhouse made a remarkable statement recently, when he seemed to admit that a new election would be needed following those midterms. Now, for us on the Left, that statement is not a surprise, since we have known for a long time that the results were always going to be skewed by the Republicans’ very dodgy vote counting practices. However, for such a senior GOP figure to say this is utterly amazing because he appears to be admitting that his own party was complicit in a massive fraud of that kind. Vox reports:

North Carolina Republican leaders sound resigned to the obvious: Given the evidence of absentee ballot tampering in the Ninth Congressional District, the subject of a state inquiry, a new election will likely need to be called.

State GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse stopped just short Tuesday of formally asking for a new election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready. But he did say that if early voting totals were leaked, a new election would be necessary — and one of the sworn affidavits that blew up this entire scandal describes exactly that.

In one of the affidavits submitted by Democratic attorneys to the North Carolina elections board, a woman said she saw unusual activity at a polling site: election results being run after polls closed on the last day of early voting and observed by people who were not elections judges, which she understood to be “improper.” The person said she also helped tabulate absentee ballots after the election that were quite worn and had “coding” written on them.

The state board has discretion under state law to call for a new election if the basic fairness of the election is in question. The board already unanimously agreed not to certify the Ninth District’s results because of the fraud allegations.

The strange tales of vote counts being leaked aren’t isolated. Voters have also said an unidentified woman picked up their ballots, in another apparent violation of state law, and an unusually high number of absentee ballots were requested in the Ninth but never returned. A local Republican operative working in support of the Harris campaign has been implicated as the ringleader of the ballot tampering scheme.

North Carolina Republicans originally threatened to sue the elections board if it refused to certify the Ninth results. But they have since backed all the way down from that threat and are now effectively calling for a new election. It has since been revealed that the state party may have been privy to allegations of unusual activity in the district during the GOP primary in May when Harris upset incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger, as the Washington Post reported.

Wow. Just wow.

Keep a close eye on the news in the next few days and weeks, because the outcome from that state board review could be massively important for the future of American politics and our very democracy.


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