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By Leigh Ann Caldwell
WASHINGTON – Leslie McCrae Dowless, the political operator claimed to have been carrying an illegal absentee vote on behalf of GOP Congress candidate Mark Harris in 2018, was accused of multiple criminal charges Wednesday by a Wake County Grand jury.
The accusation states that he is charged with three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit federal obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee voting.
Charges are the latest developments in an absent optional operation run by Dowless, which led to the results being thrown into the ninth congressional district and two other local races. Dowless was recruited by Harris to run a mid-election mid-election poll in 2018 in two rural areas in the South East.
The charge comes just days after the election committee in North Carolina voted unanimously to hold a new election during the race because of the trouble the controversy has put on the election.
However, the charge covers two election cycles. Three of the fees are from the election in 2018, and four of the fees are from the election in 2016.
The accusation says that relentless "actions" prevented public justice by resulting in counting pissed off absenteeism "and" it served to undermine the integrity of the absenteeism and public confidence in the outcome of the electoral process. "
"This crime was made with fraud and intent to deceive and against the state's peace and dignity" adds the accused.
The document also summarizes how Dowless's operation worked. "Votes were collected from the voters and illegally held with testimonies that signaled the signer was witnessing the voter voting for the absent vote when he or she did not, and the polls were sent in such a way as to hide the fact that the voter had not personally sent it himself, "accuse details. "It thereby served to undermine the integrity of the absentee voting process and public confidence in the outcome of the electoral process."
The North Carolina Board of Election decision to call for a new election was made after Harris surprisingly suggested a new election in testimony last week, saying the public had lost confidence in the results. Harris's son witnessed his father the previous day and said he warned his father about Dowless. On election day, Harris had narrowly topped Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results.
Harris announced on Monday that he would Don't run into the new choice, referring to poor health.