Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement that "real electoral fraud is going on right in front of us" in the ninth district of North Carolina.
"Voices were stolen by targeting voters of seniors and minorities, and now there is a cloud of doubt and mistrust about this election result," he said.
Demand for a congressional investigation comes as North Carolina's electoral board and local officials investigate the possibility of a man working for Republican candidate Mark Harris's campaign – who had 905 more votes than Democrat Dan McCready in the running ̵
Harris's campaign has denied any knowledge of possibly unlawful behavior that took place in his name.
Wake District Attorney Lorrin Freeman – who was asked in January by the Bladen County District Attorney to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2016 elections – told CNN on Wednesday that her office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations are investigating whether the case Elections to the ninth district (including the primary and parliamentary elections of 2018) changed electoral votes to change the vote.
"Have ballots been submitted that may not have been chosen by the person under whose name they were posted? Were these all ballots?" People were subject? Were they submitted properly? Freeman said outlining the parameters of the investigation.
Investigators are investigating whether Leslie McCrae Dowless, a longtime Bladen County employee who had worked for a Harris campaign adviser, and a group of individuals who loose with him North Carolina demands that witnesses sign a postal ballot – these witnesses are usually family members or friends, and it is not intends to have ballots handled by third parties.
They are also investigating the possibility that postal voting cards may have been collected in areas that have found McCready to be supportive but have never been given.
19659002] The North Carolina Electoral Authority is also investigating and will have to decide in the coming weeks if si e Confirm Harris as the winner or take the extraordinary step of the new elections.
The members of the electoral board – made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and one impartial candidate – are cautious as they face the possibility of a new election.
"Personally, it's not a decision I want to make recklessly, I want to be careful," said Damon Circosta, the impartial board member.
He said he was "confident that all nine of us would take this seriously," pointing to the unanimous votes last week that failed to confirm the election results.
Charlotte Observer, the state's largest newspaper, called for a new election on Wednesday.
"Voters in the 9th district deserve the trust that their election was fraud-free, and the North Carolina Statute supports it, and the evidence is already demanding it, and the electoral commission should start over from scratch." Newspaper.
Dowless & # 39; history in Bladen County
The investigation focuses on Dowless, a 62-year-old veteran in Bladen County, who in 1992 committed guilty to fraud insurance fraud.
Financial Data campaign proves that over the past eight years, Dowless has paid more than $ 23,000 through six campaigns. In most of these races, his candidate received disproportionately many votes in his home country.
The Harris campaign paid more than $ 400,000 to GOP consultancy Red Dome Group during the 2018 campaign – and the Red Dome Group's Dowless.
Dowless also received $ 940 from the Blade County GOP this year, which, according to the government, was earmarked for voice casting efforts.
Dowless has not submitted any CNN requests for comments. He denied any wrongdoing against the Charlotte Observer.
Blade County records indicate that Dowless rejected 592 of the total 1,341 submitted postal voting applications in Bladen County in the 2018 general election. Ultimately, only 684 postal votes were cast in the county.
Dowless has worked in the past for candidates who do much better on the postal vote results in Bladen County than overall.
In 2010, Harold won "Butch" Pope, who paid Dowless $ 6,700, 81% of the votes cast in a race for a district attorney there – but only 26% of those outside Bladen County.
In 2012, Ken Waddell candidate, who paid Dowless more than $ 6,800, won 55% of the vote in Bladen County and only 42% of the vote outside County.
In 2016, Todd Johnson, a Republican who paid Dowless nearly $ 6,500 when he defied the deputy Robert Pittenger in a primary election, won 221 out of a total of 226 polling stations in the district – including Johnson in third place. Johnson did not respond to inquiries on Monday and Tuesday.
That year, Harris won 437 electoral votes in Bladen County to Pittengers 17 in the Republican primaries, even though there was no allegation of vocal manipulation in that race. Harris won 420 parliamentary votes in the parliamentary elections in Bladen County to McCready's 258.
The Majlie de Puy Camp of CNN and Madeleine Ayer contributed to this report.