TAR HEEL, NC – Democratic chairman of the Election Council for North Carolina resigned on Saturday, saying he did not want his partisan views to be an extended investigation of the alleged Elections undermine fraud at the 9th congressional district.
Andy Penry, chairman of the United States Electoral Election Commission and Ethics Enforcement, told the Washington Post in a statement to the Washington Post that he was retreating to continue the investigation to remain "free from distraction" disability, so that the truth can be revealed. "
Penry has voiced criticism from North Carolina republicans who have referred to his Twitter posts – including a series of tweets that are very critical of President Trump – as proof that the board's investigation is partisan and baseless ,
"Examining criminal behavior and electoral fraud in the absence of the 2018 Republican primaries and the parliamentary elections in Congressional District 9 is critical to our democracy," wrote Penry in the statement. "I will not let myself be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation."
Penry's decision fell after the nine-member Electoral Council – which included four Democrats, four Republicans and one unconnected constituent – had unanimously approved Tuesday confirming the results in the election in the 9th district, accusing the Democratic ballots To fill out or reject voters.
Republican Mark Harris, who defeated incumbent deputy Robert Pittenger in the primary, cites Democrat Dan McCready after unofficial news only 905 votes.
On Friday, the state authority voted 7 to 2 votes to further investigate the allegations of fraud and leave open the possibility of re-election. The Associated Press announced that it had revoked its forecast that Harris would capture its headquarters in southeastern North Carolina.
The investigation further triggered a state that was already divided over voting, voter suppression and fraud The election commission was accused of lack of transparency and demanded immediate confirmation of the results.
"I make no mistake, I support any effort to investigate irregularities and / or electoral fraud as long as it is fair and focused on all political parties," Harris said. "So far, however, there is absolutely no public evidence that enough ballots are eligible to influence the outcome of this race. Accordingly, the Board should act promptly to confirm the race as it continues its investigation. Everything else is a disadvantage for the population of the ninth district.
The state has collected at least six sworn statements from voters in rural Bladen County near the South Carolina border, describing the people who came to their doors and urging them to pass their ballots, sometimes without filling them , Others described receiving postal cards that they had not requested.