North Carolina State Elections Board Dissolves Under Court Order, GOP Candidate Demands Certification

The New York Times reports:

The North Carolina state elections board dissolved on Friday under a court order, two weeks before its much-anticipated hearing to consider evidence of possible absentee ballot fraud in the disputed November election for the Ninth District’s seat in Congress.

The unwinding of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is a consequence of a long-running battle over partisan power in North Carolina and separate from the election fraud investigation.

Yet the dissolution heightened the possibility that the Ninth District seat would remain empty for weeks or even months, and it plunged the chaotic fight for the House seat into deeper turmoil.

The Charlotte Observer reports:

Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday asked the state Republican and Democratic parties to nominate members to serve on an elections board until Jan. 31, when a new law takes effect restructuring North Carolina’s elections and ethics boards.

Mark Harris filed an emergency petition with the elections board Friday morning to certify the election results, giving him the win over McCready, by noon.

The petition said his campaign “is not aware of irregularities or other concerns sufficient in number to change the outcome of the election in the 9th District.”