Butterfield, Price, Adams Statement on NC-09 Developments

Dec 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), David E. Price (NC-04), and Alma Adams (NC-12), the Democratic members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, today issued the following statement regarding the North Carolina General Assembly’s passage of a bill Wednesday that would require a new primary election as well, if a new general election is called in response to allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District which have called the results of that race into question:

“It is clear that North Carolina Republicans realize the evidence is mounting that the General Election in the Ninth Congressional District was tainted with absentee ballot fraud favoring Republican candidate Rev. Mark Harris.  Investigators are seeking to determine whether Rev. Harris knew of any absentee ballot harvesting in the election.  Any election fraud involving the candidate or his operatives should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“The Republican super majority in the General Assembly is bracing for a finding of substantial absentee ballot fraud in the General Election.  So much so that they are attempting to change the current law after the election has already been held, opening the door for the Board of Elections to order a new primary in addition to a new general election.                           

“The Republican Party was informed of possible election fraud after the 2018 primary election, but chose to do nothing.  Now that this failure to act has been exposed, the General Assembly is attempting to protect this congressional seat by any means necessary, including a new primary election.

“The Republican super majority in the General Assembly must understand that changing the law after the election, to require a new primary, is likely unconstitutional.  This newly enacted legislation discredits North Carolina once again in the eyes of the Nation.  It will further delay representation for the citizens of the Ninth Congressional District.

“We call on the State Board of Elections to conclude its investigation expeditiously and pursue all available remedies to this substantial election fraud, including the conduct of a new general election.”