Skip to comments.Pelosi: Dems ready to call for new election if North Carolina race deadlocks
Posted on 12/06/2018 10:49:44 AM PST by yesthatjallen
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats are closely monitoring fraud allegations in North Carolinas 9th Congressional District but said they would only call for a new election if its impossible to determine the winner.
The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the winner of the election, Pelosi said. And only if its impossible to determine who the winner is, would we take the extraordinary step of calling for a new election.
The midterm results in North Carolinas 9th District have been embroiled in controversy since a number of voters have emerged with sworn statements saying that their absentee ballots were hand collected by canvassers, which is prohibited in the state.
Fueling suspicions of foul play, several people have come forward claiming they were paid by a GOP campaign operative a convicted felon to collect those ballots illegally.
The Republican candidate in the race, Mark Harris, has a 905-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready. But the state board of elections has refused to certify the results, citing election irregularities. The board is expected to meet before Dec. 21 to decide a path forward.
Pelosi on Thursday laid out several scenarios shes anticipating from the state board members: they could certify the results as they stand; they could call for a new election within 75 days, pitting Harris versus McCready once again; or they could just throw the whole thing out and say were starting from scratch, she said.
In any event, the House would have the final say over whether the named winner is ultimately seated in Congress. Article 1 of the Constitution explicitly empowers the House to judge election outcomes and determine who should join the chamber.
The House still retains the right to decide who is seated, Pelosi said Thursday.
Pelosi did not go as far as Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the incoming House majority leader, who said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.
But she emphasized that any member-elect has the power to object on the floor to the seating of another member-elect, suggesting that would be the case if Harris is certified by the state without a resolution to the fraud allegations.
Any member-elect can object to the seating and swearing in of another member-elect. And well see how that goes, Pelosi said. As you know, its not just the Democrats who have a problem with how it went in North Carolina. The Republicans have a problem, too. Because it affected their primary election.
This is bigger than that one seat, she added. This is about undermine the integrity of our elections.
But in CALIFORNIA it’s just fine and dandy!....................
Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race
Why is GOP letting those stolen House seats in CA slide?
And only if its impossible to determine if the winner is a DEMOCRAT, would we take the extraordinary step of calling for a new election. .................there, fixed it................
The level of hypocrisy is high and rising....
And nobody yet has learned the fine techniques of treading water in the figurative sea.
We all gonna DROWN!
Can’t we take ballot harvesting to court?
Hell, dems do it all the time with voter id and re-districting
Wouldn’t you just love to belt this Pelosi commie b*tch it the friggin’ mouth? A commie whore running the House of Representatives. Perfect. A sick joke America.
Getting her nose in shape for the next 2 years, I see.
because they’re GOP who reach across, not Trump Republicans who fight back.
What IS in the Constitution is that the House can refuse to seat the winner.
Make Pelosi's first act as Speaker be to reject incoming Republicans, and then smear her with that for the next two years.
I know....just dreaming.
Because they’re complicit in the decline
They’re trying to spin this as a Republican issue, but I think this will be dropped quickly next week and Harris put in office.
The real issue is the “Bladen County Improvement Group” (A Dem PAC) where all of this absentee fraud started coming from in 2010. Dowless (the guy they’re accusing) used to work with them, split of in 2014, and started doing the same thing for Republicans.
They’ve already identified others with BCIG that have signed out for hundreds of absentee ballots alone. This is a Dem tactic which they tried to frame on Republicans, and now is backfiring.
We will call for several too.
Time to simplify, I think.
(1) early and absentee ballots may not be delivered to the polling locations by private individuals, only by the USPS.
(2) Post offices will, by Law, remain open on election day until the polls close. Postal employees will be available to collect and postmark ballots. (They do the same thing on April 15th for taxes)
(3)Any ballots arriving any other way, or postmarked after the polls close, are invalid.
Interfering with the delivery of USPS mail is a Federal crime. For election ballots, I think a 10-year minimum sentence is reasonable...
I’m confused as to why, if they don’t finish by December 21st, the EXISTING congress doesn’t take up the matter and resolve it.
After all, this is about an election for which new members are not seated until noon on the 3rd, including this “contested” one.
So why would the NEWLY seated people AFTER noon on the 3rd get to decide whether one person GETS seated at noon on the 3rd.
Let the new leadership try to expel him.
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