The North Carolina political operative who orchestrated a voter fraud scandal in support of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris was indicted Wednesday, according to a state prosecutor.
From Daily Caller:
Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., the 63-year-old conspirator whose actions forced the state to order a new election, was arrested on criminal charges along with four accomplices. He faces the most extreme accusations, including illegal possession of absentee ballots and obstruction of justice, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said.
North Carolina law prohibits possession of absentee ballots by anyone other than the voter or a close relative. Dowless and his employees were linked to at least 788 requests for such ballots in Bladen County.
He is charged for felonious actions preceding the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary. Current allegations do not include behavior relating to the 2018 general election, which is still under investigation.
The state elections board said last year that Dowless attempted to obstruct the investigation into his actions by directing his accomplices, whom he paid to illegally collect ballots, what to tell investigators if questioned.
His “ballot harvesting” operation also entailed collecting absentee ballots from unsuspecting voters by offering to mail them. Employees were then told to forge signatures and fill in votes for local candidates, according to findings presented at a state board of elections hearing.