Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives may decide not to seat a North Carolina Republican currently embroiled in a voter fraud controversy after they take control in January, a top Democrat said on Tuesday.
Representative Steny Hoyer, who will take on the powerful role of House majority leader next month, told reporters that if there was “a very substantial question on the integrity of the election” Democrats would oppose seating Republican Mark Harris until the matter is resolved, according to a transcript of Hoyer’s remarks provided by his office.
Harris edged out Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 congressional election. But the validity of hundreds of mail-in absentee ballots from a rural county has been called into question, and the state elections board declined to certify Harris while it investigates fraud claims.
It is the second time in as many years the board has considered voter fraud accusations in Bladen County.
Harris has asked the state’s board of elections to certify his victory while it carries out the investigation.
If North Carolina authorities find sufficient evidence of fraud to cast doubt on the Nov. 6 result, they could order a new election. – READ MORE