Steny H. Hoyer, chairman of the Incoming House majority group, said Friday that the Democrats would not accuse a North Carolina Republican in the following week of "election fraud in the state's 9th congressional district." 19659005] "Given the now well-documented electoral fraud in NC-09, the Democrats would object to any attempt by [Mark] Harris to have his seat on January 3. "Hoyer said in a statement," In this case, the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concern that the seat will be vacant at the start of the new Congress. "
The statement came after North Carolina dissolved its electoral board on Friday, Without confirming the results of November 6, the fate of the seat is undoubtedly days ahead of the start of the new Congress.
David Harris's lawyer David B. Freedman said the Republicans had cooperated with the investigation and "expected that this "As soon as possible, so that he can serve the citizens of the Ninth Congressional District as he was elected."
In a statement to WSOC-TV in Charlotte, Dallas Woodhouse, Executive Director of North said Carolina Republican Party Confidence that Harris would soon be on Capitol Hill.
"We believe that Mark Harris is the duly elected Congress and is sitting down sooner rather than later, "he said.
Earlier, he told CNN, "Mr. Harris got more legal votes … he should be certified and go to the congress.
House Democrats' decision came weeks after scams had led the North Carolina State Board Election Authority to confirm the results of the election.
The House Democrats are ready to take control of the House next week, and the House has the explicit constitutional authority to judge the "elections, returns, and qualifications" of its members.
The struggle for the seat The drama of the first congress adds to itself when the parliament elects a spokesman and the legislature is sworn in. The closure of the government is likely to remain unresolved in the first week, a more urgent priority for the leadership.
The electoral board was central to the investigation of electoral fraud that had raged North Carolina and garnered national attention, and deprived Harris of the victory over the Democrat Dan McCready, whom he had apparently defeated with just over 900 votes.
In affidavits to the board, voters claimed various types of eligibility. Some said that their voting cards had been picked up by strangers, an illegal practice called "election taking".
Reports in local and national media related to a Republican agent who had worked for Harris & # 39; 's campaign. The operation is now the subject of multiple investigations.
Harris has said he has no knowledge of fraud and said he supports an investigation. However, he has argued that the election results should now be confirmed. "The State Board should not deprive the citizens of the 9th district of the right to representation," he said on Friday in a file with the state electoral board.
However, his demand was made more difficult by the fact that the electoral committee had dissolved at noon Friday – the result of a lengthy partisan fight.
On January 31, a new board is elected.
It remains unclear whether there will be a provisional election committee by 31 January. Roy Cooper (D) said Friday he intends to appoint a provisional five-member board, but Republicans have prescribed the idea of an interim body as "unconstitutional" and "pretense."
Elections The board hearing on the race was scheduled for January 11th. Afterwards the jury could decide if they should certify the election, call a new election or take another path. The fate of this hearing is now doubtful.
In a statement issued on Friday, Aaron Simpson, a spokesman for McCready's Harris, accused him of attempting to short-circuit the investigation.
"It has become absolutely clear that the North Carolians had been silent their voices during the elections in the ninth district of North Carolina," he said. "Mark Harris and his allies promised to support a comprehensive investigation into this attack on our democracy. He has broken that promise now, and is doing everything he can to obstruct this investigation between the two parties. "
Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the Democratic Party of North Carolina, described the behavior of the Republicans as" shocking "and accused them of" attempting to steal ". a convention center.
"This is a mere hindrance to an ongoing investigation. , , This investigation needs to continue, "said Goodwin.