Timeline in NC-9 investigation

Timeline in NC-9 investigation
McCrae Dowless, left, and Mark Harris are pictured together at a dinner in Bladen County in March. (Source: Viewer submitted)

Here are key dates in the investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District:

-November 27, 2018: NCSBE takes first vote to not certify the 9th Congressional District results

-November 30, 2018: NCSBE votes to launch full investigation into 9th Congressional District voting irregularities in Bladen and Robeson counties

-December 6, 2018: Dan McCready retracts concession in race against Mark Harris

-December 14, 2018: Mark Harris breaks his silence in wake of 9th District investigation. Admits to hiring McCrae Dowless directly. Denies knowledge of any wrongdoing.

-December 18, 2018: An attorney for McCrae Dowless issues a statement denying any wrongdoing by Dowless.

-December 27, 2018: Three-judge panel orders current NCSBE to dissolve. Because of legislation passed earlier that day by the NC General Assembly, a new board cannot be appointed until January 31, 2019.

-January 3, 2019: The 116th US Congress is sworn in without a representative from NC’s 9th District.

-January 15, 2019: US Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Committee on Administration, says Congress could intervene to keep Harris from being seated if he is certified without a full investigation and evidentiary hearing.

-January 21, 2019: A judge holds a hearing on a legal filing by Mark Harris to have the 9th District election ordered certified. The judge denies the request.

-January 31, 2019: Governor Roy Cooper appoints a new NCSBE, three democrats and two republicans.

-February 7, 2019: New NCSBE holds first in-person meeting and receives four-hour briefing in closed session from NCSBE staff regarding findings of the investigation.

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