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Not much has been more controversial in the past several years than election fraud. Now, one resident of North Carolina has been taken into police custody under the suspicion of fixing the recent congressional race in his state. According to initial reports, the suspect likely utilized the same fraudulent schemes during the 2016 general election.

63-year-old Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was arrested on February 27th. He is being charged with both conspiracy and illegal ballot handling. Four of his co-workers, who he allegedly directed to participate in the illegal scheme, have also been arrested.

Police allege that Dowless and his co-workers obtained absentee ballots during both the 2016 general election and the 2018 Republican congressional primary. They collected the ballots, voted and then mailed them in. Such an action is a violation in North Carolina and across the U.S.

Authorities have good reason to believe these actions spanned across several counties, but they are still investigating and collecting evidence.

Unfortunately, this recent revelation has cast serious doubt into the integrity of the election process in not only North Carolina but across the nation. In North Carolina, the congressional seat is currently vacant. It remains unclear what will occur in the coming months.

Police found that Dowless was working for Harris, who has stepped down from his congressional role. Harris has announced that he won’t be running in the re-election. Despite these announcements, Harris hasn’t been charged or implicated in the election fraud. It was uncovered, however, that Harris did write personal checks to Dowless.