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House leader: Democrats won't seat candidate in unresolved race

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House leader: Democrats won't seat candidate in unresolved race

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GOP absentee ballot dumping in North Carolina 9th Congressional district.

12/28/18
The dissolution of North Carolina's elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as a U.S. House Democratic leader rejected the idea of filling the seat until an investigation of ballot fraud allegations is complete. Amid the turmoil, incoming U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued a statement saying House Democrats won't allow Republican Mark Harris to be sworn in next week because of the ongoing investigation. "Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by Mr. Harris to be seated on January 3," Hoyer said, adding that "the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concerns about the seat being vacant at the start of the new Congress." The U.S. Constitution states that the House is the judge of the elections of its members and the final arbiter of contests. The state Elections Board has refused to certify the race between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready while it investigates absentee ballot irregularities in the district in the south-central part of the state. Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign.

I agree 110%. Election cheats should not be rewarded.

Related: Democrats Won’t Seat A North Carolina Republican Amid Election Fraud
 

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They should keep the last legally elected representative of that district in place in the mean time so the people of that district are not disenfranchised while we get this fixed.

This goes back to the primary, where the incumbent barely lost, under the same circumstances. Until there’s a new primary, followed by a new general election, the previous representative should hold the seat temporarily.

That said, I agree with the House Leadrship, regardless of party, refusing to seat a new representative under these conditions.
 

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like i said in the other thread, those who stole absentee ballots should be investigated.
 

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FFS, North Carolina really screwed this one up.
 
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