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Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled.

The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced Friday that the public hearing initially scheduled for Dec. 21 will now be held on Jan. 11, 2019.

In a letter Monday, board chairman Joshua Malcolm had suggested more time may be needed to decide whether a new election would be necessary for the 9th Congressional District. Malcolm said those subpoenaed in the case said they need more time to produce additional records.

Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, but the board delayed certifying the results. Board investigators have been scrutinizing activities in Bladen and Robeson counties, both part of the 9th District.

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