State officials in Bladen County investigating U.S. House District 9 election

BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. — Channel 9 spotted state investigators on the ground in Bladen County for the first time Wednesday after allegations of election fraud in the U.S. House District 9 race.

Investigators were speaking with Lisa Britt, who signed the most absentee ballot envelopes as a witness.

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Only Channel 9 was there as investigators left the apartment on Pecan Street in the Village Oak Apartments. Both had handfuls of papers and notepads. Three sources told Channel 9 the investigators were Kim Strach, the state’s chief elections official, and Joan Fleming, the NCSBE chief investigator.

An NCSBE spokesperson told Channel 9 subpoenas have been issued for the Mark Harris campaign, the Jim McVicker campaign and Red Dome, the political consulting firm hired by Harris.

Channel 9’s political reporter Joe Bruno spoke to Britt, who said she spoke with investigators for hours. She agreed to an with interview Bruno but later backed out.

Datesha Montgomery said she has met Britt before. After showing her a picture of Britt, she identified her as the person who picked up her ballot.

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In a sworn affidavit, Montgomery claimed she only filled out two names on her ballot and was told by Britt that she would finish the rest.

“I just want justice to be served, whatever I got to do to get justice served,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery said she got another knock on the door before the election, this time from an official, asking why she didn’t vote yet. That’s when she realized something wasn’t right. She said she later went to vote in person and sign an affidavit.

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