UPDATE: NC Board Declines To Certify Mark Harris For 9th District Congressional Seat


Update 12/3/2018 9:00am: 

Andy Penry, Chairman of the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, has just resigned after a complaint was filed by the NC GOP regarding alleged partisan statements.

Update 11/30/2018 3:00pm: 

The board voted to postpone the certification until after Dec. 21st when all the evidence is heard related to possible fraudulent absentee ballot activity related to the 9th district race;

Original article 11/28/2018 10:00am:

Yesterday afternoon, the North Carolina State Board of Elections declined to certify the results of NC’s 9th District Congressional race between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, citing “unfortunate activities”.

Although each of the reporting 9th district counties have now certified their numbers, with Harris ahead of McCready by 905 votes, the state board decided to delay certifying the race.

“I’m very familiar with unfortunate activities that have been happening down in my part of the state,” Democrat vice chair member Joshua Malcolm told the board. “And I am not going to turn a blind eye to what took place to the best of my understanding which has been ongoing for a number of years that has repeatedly been referred to the United States attorney and the district attorneys for them to take action and clean it up. And in my opinion those things have not taken place.”

During the meeting, he noted that it’s the board’s authority under state law to make sure that “without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”

He did give any more details as to what the ‘unfortunate activities’ might be.

“The board has the authority and has the duty to ensure that when it certifies an election that what’s being certified represents the will of the people,” Malcolm told WFAE.

While some say the decision to refuse to certify the election results was ‘partisan’, Damon Circosta notes that the decision was unanimous by a board set up by a Republican legislature;

Malcolm is from Robeson County, part of North Carolina’s 9th District. In 2013, he was appointed by Republican Governor Patrick McCrory and was recently reappointed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.

A spokesman for the Harris campaign would not comment. The McCready campaign could not be reached.