A Wake County judge denied Republican Mark Harris’ argument on Tuesday to be seated as the new representative in N.C. District 9 as the investigation into election fraud continues.
Republican Mark Harris seemed to narrowly defeat Democratic opponent Dan McCready by only 905 votes in the midterm election on Nov. 6. The N.C. State Board of Electionsopened an investigation shortly after the election and delayed certification of Harris’ win.
According to a statement on Tuesday’s ruling from the SBOE, election staff are preparing for a public evidentiary hearing to give North Carolinians a full picture of the alleged issues with the election.
On Dec. 28, the court unexpectedly dissolved the election board. Five members are expected to be appointed to the board on or after Jan. 31. Only after a full hearing on record will SBOE members be able to make an informed decision on whether to certify a winner or order a new election.
Sarah Flowers, deputy press secretary of the N.C. Democratic Party, said her party believes in the necessity of a complete investigation of the election fraud.