Talking Points Memo has reported that during the North Carolina board of elections hearing on Monday, Lisa Britt said that Republican campaign operative McCrae Dowless told his staffers to illegally fill out absentee ballots with votes for GOP candidates. Britt is an employee for Dowless.
Leslie McCrae Dowless is a political operative from North Carolina who began working in politics in 2006. Prior to that, he was convicted of felony perjury in 1990 and convicted of felony insurance fraud in 1992. He served 2 years in prison.
Dowless worked for Todd Johnson in the Republican Party primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, in which he won the absentee vote. In 2018, another GOP candidate, Mark Harris, hired Dowless to work on his congressional district election in North Carolina’s 9th district. Harris won the general election, but the board of elections has refused to certify the election results because of the accusations against Dowless.
The hearing is investigating election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th district. Britt said that on most of the ballots, the congressional race and the sheriff’s race were filled out, because they were the major elections on the ballots. Dowlss’ cohort would fill in empty votes for more minor races, according to Brit.
“Basically what we would do — what I would do — is to submit the vote for whoever was the Republican,” Britt said.
She confirmed that the ballots would often be tampered with at Downless’ home or office. She also said that Dowless instructed Britt to plead the 5th Amendment because “they have nothing on us.” This appears to be a clear case of election fraud.
The hearing will determine the results of the election.