The REPUBLICAN political operative at the center of a REPUBLICAN election fraud scandal that has engulfed a North Carolina congressional race was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Four REPUBLICANS working for him were also charged.
Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., 63, REPUBLICAN, was accused of directing workers to collect and mail in other people’s absentee ballots during the 2018 Republican congressional primary and the 2016 general election. It is against the law in North Carolina for anyone other than the voter or a close relative to handle a mail-in ballot, a measure aimed at guarding against manipulation.
Prosecutors are still investigating evidence of ballot tampering by Dowless and other REPUBLICANS working on behalf of GOP candidate Mark Harris during last fall’s congressional election in the mostly rural 9th District, which includes part of Charlotte and extends eastward across several counties.
The indictment represents the first charges in a scandal that has cast doubt on election integrity and will leave a congressional seat unfilled for months.
And remember this: Mark Harris, the REPUBLICAN candidate who hired the crook to tamper with votes, is a Baptist preacher — he is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, and is past president of the NC Baptist Convention.