One More Snarl for District IX

The ongoing election tangle for North Carolina’s Congressional District IX may — may — be resolved by the newly appointed NC Board of Elections sometime within the coming month. The newly constituted board’s membership was announced by Gov. Roy Cooper is comprised of three Democrats, Stella Anderson of Boone, Jeff Caron of Durham, and Chairman Bob Cordell of Charlotte (elected chair by teleconference); and two Republicans, David Black of Concord and Ken Raymond of Winston-Salem.

The board plans to convene next week and a hearing on the District IX dispute, which involves allegations of mishandling of absentee ballots, is expected towards the end of February. National attention has been focused on the accusations of fraud involving absentee voting, and the former Board of Elections and Ethics (disbanded by the court) refused to certify the election results, which initially indicated a win for Republican candidate Mark Harris until the absentee ballot question arose.

The governmental snarl that is involved in resolving this issue is pulled apart with great intrigue in a post on the Coates’ Canons blog from the UNC School of Government: “Our Messy Congressional Election and How We Got Here,” wittily written by Robert Joyce. It is definitely worth a read by wonks or others curious about this incredibly tangled web. I’ll bet you didn’t know it will take four of the five BOE members to order a new election!

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