RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina elections official in the county where fraud allegations have forestalled declaring a winner in the nation’s last undecided congressional race says some requests for mail-in ballots were forged.
Bladen County Elections Board Chairman Bobby Ludlum said in a sworn affidavit released Friday that three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election were forged. The Republican elections official said they were among 165 requests dropped off by a woman whom he didn’t identify. He said one of the forged requests was for one of his relatives, who hadn’t asked for it.
People working on behalf of both Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready submitted multiple requests for absentee ballots, which is legal.
Harris narrowly leads in the 9th Congressional District race.