Early voting begins in District 9 Republican primary months after election fraud scandal

.Early voting begins in District 9 Republican primary months after election fraud scandal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Months after an election fraud scandal, North Carolina's 9th Congressional District will get a fresh start.

Polls open for early voting at 7 a.m. Wednesday in the new Republican primary and will run through May 10.

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Only Republicans and unaffiliated voters will be able to participate in the special election, in which a total of 10 candidates are running.

There are four candidates from Mecklenburg County, two from Union County and four who do not live in the 9th District.

Candidates running in 9th District primary:

  • Stony Rushing
  • Fern Shubert
  • Dan Bishop
  • Matthew Ridenhour
  • Gary Dunn
  • Kathie Day
  • Stevie Rivenbark
  • Leigh Brown
  • Chris Anglin
  • Albert Wiley Jr.

The State Board of Elections ordered a new election in February after Channel 9 uncovered allegations of absentee ballot fraud involving a political operative paid by the campaign of Republican Mark Harris.

Early-voting sites open on Wednesday through May 10 in the 9th congressional district's eight counties. Six counties have just one early-voting site open on weekdays during regular business hours. Mecklenburg County has seven sites.

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Where can you vote?

  • Hal Marshall Annex: 618 N College St
  • Main Library - Uptown: 310 N Tryon St
  • Matthews Library: 230 Matthews Station St
  • Mint Hill Library: 6840 Matthews – Mint Hill Rd
  • Morrison Regional Library: 7015 Morrison Blvd
  • South County Regional Library: 5801 Rea Rd
  • Elon Park Recreation Center: 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd

Early voting polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Primary election day is May 14, and the winner will face Democrat Dan McCready on Sept. 10.

If there is a runoff between Republican candidates, election day will be pushed back to Nov. 5.

Lawmakers in Raleigh are considering a bill that would help prevent absentee ballot fraud in the future.

A bipartisan group wants to make it a class two misdemeanor to pay someone to collect completed absentee ballot request forms.

The bill would also provide funding for the State Board of Elections to hire three investigators and two data analysts.

Republican primary candidate and State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte raised the most money through March. The National Association of Realtors' political action committee is spending more than $1 million to support Realtor Leigh Brown.

A Washington, D.C. anti-tax group's political action committee endorsed Bishop and bought ads targeting GOP rival Stony Rushing. The Club for Growth says Bishop can win the GOP nomination without a September run-off between the top two finishers.

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