9th Congressional District

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The state elections board opened its hearing Monday into alleged ballot fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race. And how it went all depends on whom you ask.

Executive director of the Board of Elections Kim Strach listens during the public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District investigation Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C.
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A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday.

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A moment of reckoning has arrived for the newly appointed state elections board. The five-member panel begins an evidentiary hearing Monday into alleged vote tampering in North Carolina's 9th congressional district.

Ballot Box

North Carolina's new elections board will hear evidence later this month about alleged ballot fraud as it seeks to resolve the nation's last unsettled congressional race.

Attorney David B. Freeman, who represents Mark E. Harris, makes an argument before Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Paul C. Ridgeway during a hearing on Mark E. Harris v. NC State Board of Elections on Tues., Jan. 22, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C.
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A judge in Raleigh says he won't step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics.

President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable on immigration and border security at U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station, during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas.
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President Donald Trump headed to the U.S. southwest border Thursday to tout his push for a border wall amid a federal government shutdown. Trump calls the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a national crisis, while Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly refute the claim, calling it a manufactured crisis. 

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018 file photo Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.
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The Republican in the nation's last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn't act.

The entrance of the Brown Recreation Center in Greensboro as voters prepared to cast a ballot in this year's Midterm Elections.
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A planned hearing digging into allegations of possible ballot fraud in the country's last undecided congressional race was scrapped Wednesday, with North Carolina's governor blaming Republicans for not backing his plan to temporarily recreate the disbanded state elections board.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
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The dissolution of North Carolina's elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as the Democratic governor sought an interim panel to investigate ballot fraud allegations while Republicans argued he doesn't have the power to do so.

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Governor Roy Cooper said he would not exercise his veto power if the Republican-controlled General Assembly would just remove one part of its recently passed legislation on the makeup of the state elections board and ethics commission.

 In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.
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North Carolina Republicans said Monday that they want their candidate in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred by ballot fraud allegations to take his seat in Congress despite acknowledging a replacement election may be required.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, listens as President Donald Trump argues with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.
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Will there be a government shutdown? President Donald Trump held a televised meeting this week with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to talk about immigration. Trump promised to shut down the government if Democrats do not agree to his demand of $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

WUNCPolitics Podcast

WUNC Data Reporter Jason de Bruyn joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics podcast.

Among the topics discussed are an on-going investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District, as well as major job expansion announcement that left North Carolina leaders disappointed.

Senate Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, to discuss a new measure to reconstitute the state elections board.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed legislation to reconfigure the state elections board.

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
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State Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to re-constitute the state elections and ethics boards, again.

After Democrat Roy Cooper won the governor's race in 2017, the General Assembly's GOP leadership changed the law to combine the elections and ethics boards and assume more control over appointing members.

File photo of NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.
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The North Carolina Republican Party's executive director has seen enough to warrant a new election in the 9th Congressional District.

North Carolina legislative building
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Unprecedented allegations of election fraud are unfolding in two southeastern North Carolina counties, as the results of a Congressional race have become clouded in controversy.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, discuss developments in the 9th  Congressional contest, which is now being investigated by state officials. As the election fiasco continues to unfold, state legislators also gave approval to a voter ID bill this week, before sending it on to Governor Roy Cooper.

 In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.
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The Republican candidate in an unresolved North Carolina congressional race says he would back a new election if a probe proves that fraud swayed the race's outcome.

File photo of NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

State GOP Chair Dallas Woodhouse said he wants the state elections board to fully lay out the facts in its investigation of North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

WUNCPolitics Podcast

North Carolina is again drawing the attention of the country for a rare political story.

Alleged election fraud in Bladen and Robeson Counties has led to an investigation by state officials, and members of Congress stating a new election may be possible.

Kirk Ross, who has been writing about the developing 9th Congressional story for the Washington Post, joins this week's podcast to discuss his reporting, and what we know about a fluid situation.