FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4 when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. Democrat Dan McCready is running again in the new election. Harris will not. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)

Feds issue subpoena after derailed North Carolina election

March 12, 2019 - 11:27 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating potential election crimes are digging into a North Carolina congressional race that's still undecided and being rerun this year after last year's contest was deemed tainted.

The state elections board on Tuesday provided a grand jury subpoena it received showing the U.S. Justice Department's Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C., is conducting a criminal investigation. The subpoena demands that a grand jury receive documents related to an investigation into North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

The elections board heard evidence last month that a political operative working for Republican candidate Mark Harris in rural Bladen County collected mail-in ballots, making votes vulnerable to being changed or discarded.

The elections board ordered a new election. Harris isn't running again in the race that opens with candidate filing this week.

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