Another Two people have been arrested in connection with alleged election fraud in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat, authorities said.
Tonia Marie Gordon and Matthew Monroe Mathis were taken into custody and each charged with felonious obstruction of justice and possession of an absentee ballot.
Matthew Monroe Mathis is additionally charged with falsely signing the certification on an absentee ballot.
The arrests come after a Wake County jury indicted five people just last week on charges related to ballot-harvesting in Bladen County.
Caitlyn Croom – charged with conspiracy to commit felony obstruction of justice and possession of absentee ballot.
Leslie McCrae Dowless –
Tonia Marie Gordon – charged with felonious obstruction of justice and possession of an absentee ballot.
Matthew Monroe Mathis – charged with felonious obstruction of justice and possession of an absentee ballot. Additionally charged with falsely signing the certification on an absentee ballot.
Rebecca Thompson – The fifth person indicted, has not been arrested.
Prosecutors said Leslie McCrae Dowless’ illegal activities benefitted Republican nominee Mark Harris, who beat his Democratic opponent Dan McCready in the November midterm election by more than 900 votes.
State election officials tossed the results last month and ordered a new election in the face of evidence that the vote was tainted by alleged ballot-tampering.
The Washington Post reports that Prosecutors have accused Dowless of paying workers to illegally collect, forge and turn in other voters ballots in two rural counties with the 9th District, which includes part of Charlotte.
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