The North Carolina district whose election was nullified because of GOP-perpetrated election fraud won't have a new representative until September.
The GOP's attempt to steal a House seat in North Carolina may have backfired on their party, but it's really the constituents of the state's 9th District who will pay — as they'll now officially go without a representative until September.
That's because the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced on Monday that a special election to fill the still-vacant seat won't be held until Sept. 10, a full nine months after the 116th Congress was sworn in.
The new election was necessary after the state uncovered an illegal absentee ballot collection scheme carried out by the campaign of the GOP nominee in the district, Mark Harris.
Harris personally sought out the services of known-fraudster Leslie McCrae Dowless, who was accused of illegally harvesting absentee ballots and even illegally filling absentee ballots out in Harris' 2018 election.
Dowless was indicted last week on multiple counts of obstruction of justice and possessing an absentee ballot in violation of state law.
Republicans, including Trump, have been largely silent on the GOP-led election fraud.
And the one Republican lawmaker who did speak out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, totally misconstrued the facts of the fraud, ridiculously blaming Democrats and their opposition to voter ID laws for the GOP's own lawlessness.
Of course, voter ID laws had nothing to do with this North Carolina House race. It wasn't voters who committed the fraud, it was the GOP candidate's campaign, which tried to steal votes.
Even more, North Carolina has some of the strictest voter ID laws in the country, so McConnell's whining looks even dumber.
Ultimately, however, Republicans couldn't get away with their blatant attempts at cheating and vote-stealing in this race. And voters in the 9th District will get a new chance at a fair election.
A primary will be held on May 14. The 2018 Democratic nominee, Dan McCready, is running again in the special election. Harris, however, announced he won't run, citing his health (though the fact his campaign perpetrated election fraud can't be understated as a potential factor for his exit from the race).
Still, while voters get a chance at a do-over, sadly they're also paying an unfortunate price, as they'll be without a voting representative for nearly one half of this current Congress.
What a shame.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.