Dates set for new 9th Congressional District election in NC

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Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, questions Mark Harris during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th congressional district voting irregularities investigation Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, […]

RALEIGH, NC (WSPA) – The North Carolina State Board of Elections has set the dates for the new election in the 9th Congressional District.

Candidates will be able to file between March 11-15.

The primary election will be held on May 14.

If no candidate receives more than 30 percent of the vote in the primary, the second place candidate can demand a second primary. The second primary would be held on September 10.

If there is no second primary, the general election will be held on September 10. If there is a second primary, the general election will be held on November 5.

The board voted unanimously on February 21 to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District after they determined that voting irregularities occurred that “tained the results of the election and cast doubt on its fairness.”

63-year-old Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was arrested on criminal charges over his alleged collection of absentee ballots in the 2016 elections and the Republican primary in 2018.

Dowless was working on behalf of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris.

Dowless was charged in grand jury indictments alleging illegal possession of absentee ballots, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. North Carolina law makes it illegal for anyone other than the voter or a close relative to handle a mail-in ballot.

Mark Harris said he will not run again, citing health.

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