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9th congressional district evidentiary hearing set by Board of Elections

Mark Harris

The State Board of Elections will hold an evidentiary hearing about its 9th congressional district investigation into alleged absentee ballot irregularities later this month.

The Board announced in an email Monday afternoon that the hearing would begin at 10 a.m. February 18 at the North Carolina State Bar, 217 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. It is expected to conclude within two days, but the site is reserved from February 18 to 20.

A Notice of Hearing and Amended Order of Proceedings will be posted today on the State Board’s documents portal for the 9th congressional district investigation, according to a news release from the agency.

Because of the ongoing investigation, the State Board has not certified the results in the 9th congressional district race between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, as well as three local contests in Bladen and Robeson counties.

Harris, who was the apparent winner in the midterm election, petitioned a court recently to certify the race despite the ongoing investigation because the State Board that initiated it was dissolved by a three-judge panel. The former nine-member State Board (four Democrats, four Republicans, one unaffiliated) voted 9-0 on November 27 and 7-2 on November 30 not to certify results as the investigation into absentee voting irregularities continued.

The court also ultimately denied Harris’ request to certify the race.

Seating is expected to be limited at the evidentiary hearing, but it is expected to be live-streamed for the public.

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