Although North Carolina Republican Mark Harris appeared to have defeated Democratic candidate Dan McCready in their election last November, allegations that the GOP bought Harris’ win through absentee ballot fraud are throwing the win into question. GOP campaign operative McCrae Dowless stands in the center of the scandal.
According to Law & Crime, the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) questioned one of Dowless’ campaign workers, Lisa Britt. She shared several aspects of Dowless’ campaign scheme, and then accused Dowless of telling Britt to lie about it once the scheme was discovered.
Britt admitted that she and other members of the Dowless team collected some unsealed ballots and opened them to find out who voters had chosen. If voters left races blank, Britt and other members of the team would fill in the vote for the Republican candidate.
Dowless admitted that she filled out absentee ballot request forms, one of which belonged to James Shipman, who is dead. Britt admitted to signing several absentee ballots using two names: her own and her mother’s. Britt and Dowless wold only mail the absentee ballots 9 or 10 at a time to avoid “red flags.”
After Harris’ win was questioned by the county and state election boards, Dowless gathered his employees and told them not to admit that they collected absentee ballots. He said, “as long as we stick together, we will be fine.”
Britt also submitted a letter that Dowless gave her last week. The letter reads: “I can tell you that I haven’t done anything wrong in the election and McCrae Dowless has never told me to do anything wrong, and to my knowledge he has never done anything wrong, but I am taking the 5th Amendment because I don’t have an attorney and I feel like you will try to trip me up. I am taking the 5th.”