NORTH CAROLINA -- The executive director of the North Carolina GOP is speaking out on the growing controversy surrounding potential election fraud in North Carolina's 9th District congressional race.
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"This has shaken us to the core. We are not ready to call for a new election yet. I think we have to let the board of elections come show their hand..if they can show that this conceivably could have flipped the race in that neighborhood, we will absolutely support a new election," Dallas Woodhouse said in an interview with CNN.
The District 9 election issues started this summer. Robeson County Board of Elections Chairman Steve Stone says people would come into the office with multiple voter registration applications and requests for absentee ballots as much as 50 to 70 at a time. Many of the forms, he says, were duplicates and even triplicates of existing voters. Stone began getting complaints from voters.
Last week, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement unanimously voted to certify several elections, including the 9th District race. Later that week, the board called for an evidentiary hearing to investigate claims of tampering with absentee ballots.
On Tuesday, the Bladen County district attorney spoke out about the ongoing investigation into claims of voter fraud.
DA Jon David says the State Board of Elections and Ethics is investigating three cases, two involving political action committees and absentee ballots.
David says the third involves voter fraud and possible false statements. The cases were opened by the State Elections Board in November 2016.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman has jurisdiction in the cases.