The North Carolina House Committee on Elections and Ethics Law will have new co-chairs for this session. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) and Destin Hall (R-Caldwell) will replace outgoing chair David Lewis (R-Harnett), who is taking over as chair of the House Rules committee.
Their appointment was announced by House Speaker Tim Moore today. Statements in the announcement from both members indicate that absentee ballot fraud and other problems with absentee balloting are going to be high on the committee’s agenda. Rep. Hall pledged for investigations into alleged irregularities in both the 9th Congressional District and the NC 103rd House District:
This committee takes on special importance given reports of absentee ballot irregularities in the 9th Congressional District and state House District 103 in Mecklenburg County. We will ensure state elections officials act expeditiously and thoroughly to conduct a proper investigation and make recommendations that best serve the citizens of North Carolina.
The problems with absentee ballots in Mecklenburg County in the 2018 elections have been overshadowed by what transpired in Bladen County. Hall’s inclusion of the 103rd District in his statement is a welcome sign that the committee will be conducting a thorough investigation of the problems plaguing absentee voting in North Carolina rather than just chasing headlines.
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