Increasing evidence suggesting Republicans stole the North Carolina election by tampering with absentee ballots has Dan McCready withdrawing his concession.
A criminal investigation has been launched into the actions of Republican operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, who allegedly ran an operation to illegally collect absentee ballots and then threw them away or replaced them with votes for the Republican candidate Mark Harris.
Harris filed campaign finance documents Thursday showing $34,000 in expenditures for something called “reimbursement payment for Bladen absentee, early voting poll workers; reimbursement door to door.”
Dowless, who was convicted of insurance fraud in 1992 as well as being connected to another incident of absentee ballot fraud in a different election, single-handedly turned in 592 of the 1,341 absentee ballots requested in Bladen County.
Harris, whom Dowless was working for, beat out McCready, a Democrat and retired Marine, by only 905 votes.
While the documents Harris filed reference Bladen County specifically, the investigation also extends into Robeson County as well.
Not only that, but the investigation now encompasses both this year’s election as well as the 2016 election cycle.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman’s office as well as the State Bureau of Investigation have both launched criminal investigations into apparent voting irregularities in Bladen County during the 2016 election.
One woman who worked for Dowless, Ginger Eason, has said that she was paid between $75 and $100 a week to pick up absentee ballots and deliver them to Dowless.
Dowless is also under investigation for tampering with witness signatures and filling out absentee ballot applications on behalf of other individuals.
Another woman, Emma Shipman, says she doesn’t even know who she voted for because she simply gave it to a woman who came to her door offering to fill it out for her.
While election fraud is one of Republicans’ favorite talking points, they have so far remained notably silent regarding this case.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.