Harris’ Show Trial Sham Evidence Trickles In

June 8, 2019 (Raleigh) In response to our Monday report, Voter Integrity Project has received a copy of the 5-page Civilian Absentee Voting Instruction sheet that was sent to all absentee voters in the 2018 mid-term elections which proves that “someone other than a relative/legal guardian” can handle the voter’s absentee ballot envelope.

Besides raising more questions about the allegations against McCrae Dowless, such evidence raises questions about the legal defense team hired to protect the elected Congressman, Mark Harris.

Elected Congressman, Mark Harris

“The entire strategy of the Democrat attorneys depended on Dowless committing some sort of crime,” said VIP Director, Jay DeLancy, “it sure would have been helpful if the BOE staff had mentioned this permission slip.”

Rather than setting the record straight, former SBOE Director Kim Strach pushed for prosecution, telling the hushed audience, “we want to make sure that only the voter is the person, or the voter’s near relative, that maintained custody of that ballot until it is in the hands of the Board of Elections for counting.”  (see transcript p.18.)

After building a case against Dowless for soliciting votes from his local supporters, the prosecution team pivoted to accusing Harris and his campaign consultant of knowing Dowless broke the law, an allegation they both denied.

Dowless, who was not allowed to bring witnesses, decided not to testify unless he was granted immunity, an offer the Board rejected.

He later contacted VIP to highlight the loopholes in state law that allowed his activities and to express is outrage at people who harvest ballots from nursing homes.

“The wording he showed us has always blocked our efforts to prosecute people harvesting ballots in nursing homes,” said VIP Director, Jay DeLancy. “It makes us wonder why the State Board of Elections pursued this lone individual when strong evidence suggested other, larger ballot harvesting operations  throughout the region.”

The SBOE ordered new elections in Dowless’ hometown Bladen County, but not in neighboring Robeson County, which showed greater ballot harvesting data, where a Democrat judicial candidate beat a heavily favored Republican in Robeson County.

The Board ordered oversite of Robeson during the May 14 election but did so without admitting any illegal activities affected their elections.

Democrat ballot harvesting has been going on for years,” DeLancy said. “Selective law enforcement undermines public trust. Right now, people should be asking, why it was a crime only if a Republican did it?”

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