• NCSBE, Dan McCready respond to Mark Harris' petition for certification

    By: Joe Bruno

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Court documents continue to be filed in response to Mark Harris’ petition for a writ of mandamus demanding certification.

    Harris filed an additional brief Monday. His Democratic congressional opponent, Dan McCready, and the North Carolina Board of Elections also filed briefs in Wake County Superior Court.

    [DOCUMENT: Harris filing]

    McCready filed court documents Monday asking a judge to deny Republican Harris' request to certify the 9th District race.

    [DOCUMENT: McCready filing]

    McCready’s attorneys argue Harris fails to satisfy "even one, let alone all" of the legal requirements for the issuance of the writ of mandamus, which would force certification.

     

     

    The NCSBE also filed paperwork saying the judge shouldn't get involved, because the board and staff have the legal authority to investigate and verify the election.

    [DOCUMENT: NCSBE filing]

    In addition to immediate certification, attorneys for Harris would like a judge to force NCSBE to release its findings "to remove the cloud that the board has placed over Dr. Harris' election."

    Harris filed his lawsuit earlier this month.

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    He wants a judge to step in since an evidentiary hearing was delayed until a new state Board of Elections takes over.

    It's unclear when the judge will make a decision.

    The elections office is investigating claims of election fraud in Bladen County.

    A man is accused of paying people to illegally collect absentee ballots.

    If Harris is certified as the winner, congressional Democrats said they may refuse to seat him, which could trigger a new election.

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