FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018 file photo Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C. The North Carolina board investigating allegations of ballot fraud in a still-unresolved congressional race between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready could be disbanded Friday, Dec. 28 under a state court ruling in a protracted legal battle about how the panel operates. The state Elections Board has refused to certify the race between Harris and McCready while it investigates absentee ballot irregularities in the congressional district stretching from the Charlotte area through several counties to the east. Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

North Carolina ballot fraud hearing postponed

January 02, 2019 - 5:39 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections staffers are postponing a hearing next week into allegations of possible ballot fraud in the country's last undecided congressional race after last week's disbanding of the state elections board authorized to subpoena witnesses and hold hearings.

The announcement Wednesday came after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he won't try to ram ahead with a Democrats-only elections board, raising doubts the Jan. 11 hearing could take place.

Republicans refused to nominate GOP members for a temporary elections board to fill in until a new law creates a new board at the end of the month.

The elections board was dissolved on Friday by state judges who in October declared its form unconstitutional. A revamped board takes effect Jan. 31.

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