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Congressman Price Issues Statement on NC-09 Developments

December 6, 2018
Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2018) - On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-N.C.), the dean of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, issued the following statement regarding allegations of election fraud in the race for North Carolina’s ninth congressional district. On November 29, Rep. Price joined Reps. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Alma Adams (NC-13) in calling for allegations of election fraud to be thoroughly investigated and for all remedies to be considered, up to and including a special election.

“The evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district is mounting by the day, thanks in large part to diligent reporting by local and national journalists.  While investigations by the bipartisan State Board of Elections and other authorities are ongoing, it now appears nearly certain that Republican operatives systematically defrauded voters in at least two counties of their right to cast a ballot, and that other improprieties may have further tainted the results of this election.  As I have stated previously, should these allegations be substantiated the State Board of Elections must consider all available remedies, including the conduct of a new election. 

“As the dean of the North Carolina congressional delegation, I have remained in frequent contact with the incoming House leadership to ensure they are preparing for every contingency, including an independent investigation by the House of Representatives should it become necessary.  In the meantime, I support the call for an emergency hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to ascertain the extent of this fraud and complement the investigations occurring at the state level.

“The irony of North Carolina Republicans steamrolling ahead with an unnecessary voter ID bill while the evidence of actual election fraud mounts should be lost on nobody.  If they are truly concerned with the integrity of our elections, they will join us in ensuring that the investigation continues unfettered, that guilty parties are held accountable, and that the election outcome reflects the will of North Carolina voters.”