The chief investigator for the North Carolina Board of Elections took absentee by mail ballot request forms and their return envelopes from Bladen County immediately after the Nov. 6 election, according to the chair of the county’s board of elections. Bobby Ludlum, chair of the Bladen County Board of Elections, told WFAE Wednesday that the board’s chief investigator, Joan Fleming, came to Elizabethtown to get the records during the week of the election. “She was here the day after, or around that time,” said Ludlum, a Republican who chairs the county’s board. “I’ve heard rumors and allegations (about what they are looking for) but they haven’t said anything.” Bladen County is in the 9th Congressional District.
The State Board of Elections voted 9-0 Tuesday not to certify the results of that race, where Republican Mark Harris is leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. It cited a state statute that allows the board to take any action to ensure that an election is determined “without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities” that may have changed the results of an election.