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The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year's contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative's ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million.
Top North Carolina elections officials say the ballot-rigging investigation that voided a congressional election and forced one of the country's few do-over races simply followed the money.
A conservative soldier in the nation's culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds.
North Carolina's elections chief wants lawmakers to put additional restrictions on handling absentee ballot forms after its investigation into actual absentee ballots that affected a congressional district race last year.
Unsealed search warrants show that a North Carolina political operative suspected of illegally handling election ballots in 2016 was under state and FBI surveillance when he and associates used ATMs days before last year's primary.
The main suspect in the ballot-fraud allegations at the bottom of a still-unsettled North Carolina congressional election is out of jail.
The man at the center of the criminal investigation into ballot issues in Bladen County has been indicted on several charges.
Attorneys for the candidates in the nation's last undecided congressional race are anticipating the possibility that North Carolina's elections board finds the contest tainted by ballot fraud, but have proposed distinct options should the divided body fail to order a re-do.
The Republican in the nation's last undecided congressional election said Monday he recruited a political operative now at the center of a ballot fraud investigation because he produced election results in his rural North Carolina county and other Republicans vouched for him.