NOT GOOD: GOP contractor orchestrated illegal ballot harvesting in NC

A GOP contractor that candidate Mark Harris hired in North Carolina orchestrated an illegal absentee ballot harvesting scheme to aid Harris to victory, according to the North Carolina state elections director Kim Strach.

Here’s more:

DAILY CALLER – A contractor hired by North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris orchestrated an illegal ballot-harvesting operation in the 2018 general election, the state’s elections director said at a hearing Monday.

Harris currently holds an unofficial lead of 905 votes over his Democratic opponent Dan McCready for the congressional seat in North Carolina’s 9th District, but the race remains unresolved as the North Carolina State Board of Elections investigates allegations of ballot-tampering by Harris campaign consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless.

“We believe that the evidence that we will provide today will show that a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme operated during the general election,” North Carolina state elections director Kim Strach said at a hearing Monday.

Dowless, who was a contractor with the Red Dome Consulting Group, organized a “get-out-the-vote” effort for the Harris campaign centered around collecting, or harvesting, absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots in rural Bladen and Robeson Counties, according to testimony Monday.

Dowless was paid $131,000 in total from Red Dome for his services from July 3 to Nov. 7, according to the election board, but it’s unclear if all that money originated from the Harris campaign.

Strach said Dowless paid his workers up to $150 for every 50 absentee ballots or ballot requests collected from the two counties.

The contractor’s own stepdaughter was involved in the ballot harvesting and testified as such. But she also says Mark Harris didn’t know anything about it:

One of Dowless’s workers was his former stepdaughter Lisa Britt, who admitted to illegal vote tampering during her testimony Monday, according to NBC News. Britt said she collected incomplete absentee ballots and filled in omitted choices with “a vote for whoever was a Republican.”

In addition to testifying that she tampered the ballots, Britt said she and a coworker improperly signed as a witness about 20 of the 40 ballots she collected.

Furthermore, Britt testified that Dowless, who she described as a “father figure,” directed her to take specific steps in mailing the ballots to avoid raising any red flags, such as mailing no more than 10 ballots at a time from post offices close to the voters.

“He fussed at me for putting on stamps upside down,” she said. “We didn’t want to throw up a red flag.”

Britt insisted Harris had no involvement in Dowless’s alleged ballot-harvesting scheme.

It’s hard to believe that Mark Harris wouldn’t know anything about such an operation done on his behalf.



The stepdaughter, who declared him innocent, may not have been privy to any dealings with Harris to make this happen.

But then again she was involved and may know exactly what she’s talking about, that all this was all done on Harris’ behalf without his knowledge.

I suspect that if Dowless goes down, and it looks like he’s going to, he’ll try and take as many people with him. So if Harris was involved, we’ll find out soon enough.

But at greater issue is this election. The courts will have to decide if there needs to be a new election for these two candidates going forward. And it sounds like that could be likely.

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moskorov
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moskorov

I am totally against ballet harvesting. I would like to see it made illegal in all states. Orange County was flipped this year based on Democrat ballet harvesting.

Can we talk?
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Can we talk?

Interesting how its the Republican that got “caught”. My first thought, its because the Dems know where to look because they do it all the time.

iVillageIdiot
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iVillageIdiot

Election fraud should be prosecuted vigorously, if indeed that’s what happened here. Couldn’t care less who the fraudsters are.

MontyRay
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MontyRay

I’m not justifying this crap on either side of the aisle, but I can tell you this. I live in NC, and this is something the other side has done for years. Why do you think it was so easy to uncover? Someone just dropped the dime on a process that has already been in place. How do we all think that Obama won 100% of the vote in some precincts in Pennsylvania? You could go to the reddest precinct in the south and hold an election with a communist on one side and a conservative on the other, and I would bet that the conservative would not reap 100% of the vote. Ballot harvesting is something that happens everywhere, and any lay person paying attention can see it every single election. This guy should go down for it. So should everyone else. If you are going to take him… Read more »

deplorable to the insane
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deplorable to the insane

Commit the crime – do the time… should apply to everyone… not just jerky Republicans…. but then again, the jails would become crowded….

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The "Sane" Silence Dogood

So it’s ok when dems do it but not R’s? Ok, got it.

JL_US
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JL_US

I am part of this district. The harvesting occurred on both sides. This has been going on for years in these counties but the Democrats never did anything because it was benefiting them. Now that a Republican won they are making a big stink about it. Here is a local site that has more information on the whole situation.

https://firstinfreedomdaily.com/central-9th-district-figure-declines-to-testify-and-more-evidence-implicating-democrats-own-shenanigans/

Tatanka
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Tatanka

And what about a trunk load of ballots found in deep blue Durham, at the last minute, all for the Democrat Gov. candidate in 2016?

H2O
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H2O

Naturally. Only the Republicans did it! Right. (Sarc on). I don’t condone the practice for whomever does it. Hmm. Let me think about who usually does it? Let’s do this. We (The Republican Party) will trade that NC Governor race FOR 7 California Congressional seats (all won by Republicans comfortably on election night and subsequently stolen through “ballot harvesting”), the Arizona Senate seat (also stolen due to ballot harvesting and illegals voting), and the Maine Governor’s race (stolen by the bogus “ranked choice” scam). Okay. We are even now! If the Republicans don’t close ranks and fight this, then they are STILL the stupid party. All of the mentioned races are about the ones we know for certain about that were stolen from the Republicans. There were a couple of unverified state races in Florida as well. These are only the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty that we… Read more »

Charli
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Charli

Just another reason that there should be ONE election day and that, except for those who are serving in the military, absentee ballots should be outlawed and every legal voter should go to their local polling place on election day, show their ID (either driver’s license or state ID), vote a paper ballot with soft black pencils, filling in ovals and placing the ballot into the box, all witnessed by polling staff and neighbors, in the sunshine (in the open). Then a panel of GOP, Dems and Ind’s would count each vote on each ballot, just as they did in “the olden days.” It is not a coincidence that elections have been stolen since early voting and voting machines that are maintained by unions went into existence. Americans are entitled to FREE and FAIR elections.

hubman
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I’m actually kind of glad this happened in North Carolina. Maybe there will be enough uproar about it to establish in people’s minds that ballot harvesting is crooked. And we can then ask why it’s okay to do it in California.

Without ballot harvesting, it’s not at all clear that the House would have flipped to Democrat control. Certainly not by 40 seats.

hubman
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hubman

Stupid GOP contractor!! Doesn’t he know that’s only legal in California?!

mdbuilder
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mdbuilder

RINOs are entitled to special treatment. Throw the book at him.

Secret Squirrel
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Secret Squirrel

That kind of ballot harvesting is SOP for the Democrats in California. They stole 2 or 3 seats here in Orange County using it and other dirty tricks. And with the left controlling every state office, not a damn thing will be done about it. Coming soon to an election near you.

ChowYunFatty
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ChowYunFatty

Much as I want to say turn about is fair play, this is stupid and unethical.

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CheetoBuster!
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CheetoBuster!

Idiots!!

David
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David

The Republican party is no different than the Democrat party, they both want complete control over the people. The only difference is, one’s just better at hiding their greed and love for more power over the people.

David
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Testing…testing…1…2…3…is Disqus working this evening?

PaPaw2
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PaPaw2

I know it’s tempting but we don’t want to sink to the lows of the dems. I hate that they did this

Abe Lincoln
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Abe Lincoln

This guy needs to learn from the expert Democrats on ballot tampering.

sjmom
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sjmom

Ballot harvesting is how the GOP lost every seat in CA. If it’s going to be illegal then it should be illegal everywhere. Not fair for it to be legal in one place and illegal in another. That gives Dems an advantage in every blue state.

Hidyho
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Hidyho

If our elections are compromised (doesn’t matter if by Russia, illegals, any political party, etc) then America is NOT what she used to be, and she is done.

Royce McCutcheon
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Royce McCutcheon

Honestly the GOP should own this, stop it, and then proceed to go after California for doing the exact same thing. Start a Voting Rights Act claim against them. The Supreme Court revoked the portion limiting it to southern states, so every kind of George Wallace level voter fraud the Democrats create is fair game for a federal lawsuit.

EWizzyE ✓JDSon
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EWizzyE ✓JDSon

I keep looking at headline photo, and all I see is a slightly better groomed version of Kevin Spacey.

EWizzyE ✓JDSon
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EWizzyE ✓JDSon

Cheaters Never Win and The Boy Who Cried Wolf need to brought up over and over again in American Society if we are to make any headway in turning the ship around.

mst3kcrow
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mst3kcrow

Absentee and early voting shouldn’t be allowed except in extreme cases. It should be the No.1 priority of the GOP to crack down nationwide if they want to win another election. Let’s eliminate the other 99% of voter fraud the Democrats are involved in…

Colonel Beauregard Sanders III
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Colonel Beauregard Sanders III

Silly GOP, you’re supposed to legalize ballot harvesting first like the Democrats did in California. THEN you can manipulate the votes all you want and it will be impossible to prove.

Sentinel
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Sentinel

I don’t care which side it’s for, voter fraud makes me furious and I hope that if found guilty, the criminal(s) get the fullest extent of punishment allowable.

Wouldn’t you think that the most powerful nation on Earth would be able to manage elections better and all but eliminate voter fraud by now? And yes, I realize that’s naïve and a pipe dream – especially when human beings are involved. But something simple like only voting in person (with special provisions made for our military) and a fingerprint must be on the submitted ballot, which must match what’s on file… something like that. It’s just outrageous that we still have to deal with this crap.

GhostRider2001
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GhostRider2001

Sounds like what the Dems do out in California to win elections.

nc ✓s & balances
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nc ✓s & balances

If this is true, book em!

Now do California, PLEASE!!!!

AT
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AT

Oh for the love of God. Can we please put a stop to absentee and early voting outside of military and overseas citizens? No. No excuses. Elderly, handicapped, bad weather – whatever. Whatever the excuse, it’s not worth how much fraud this nonsense opens the door to.

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