Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With ballot fraud allegations hanging over a disputed North Carolina congressional race, state lawmakers have agreed to change the way such “do-over” House elections are handled.
The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.
The primary election requirement — contained in a measure reworking who oversees the enforcement of state elections and ethics laws and heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk — would apply to the current 9th Congressional District race.
The board already can call for a new 9th District general election, but not primary races. But both are required when a North Carolina U.S. House seat is officially declared vacant.