North Carolina officers sought to cost poll operative

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections officers had sought legal expenses after the 2016 election in opposition to the person now on the middle of absentee poll fraud allegations, however prosecutors didn’t indict him earlier than the disputed 2018 congressional race.

Paperwork launched Wednesday by the North Carolina State Board of Elections element its investigation over the past two years into Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. Elections officers describe the 62-year-old convicted felon as a “individual of curiosity” of their ongoing investigation into irregularities with the Nov. 6 vote within the state’s ninth District.

Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. State leaders from each events concede a do-over election would possibly now be wanted.

Investigators are probing whether or not Dowless and others engaged on Harris’ behalf ran an unlawful operation to gather giant numbers of absentee ballots from voters.

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