[Ed. – One wonders whether the election will be decided by the time the next election comes up.]
A judge in North Carolina ruled on Tuesday that he would not order the executive director of the state elections board to certify Republican Mark Harris as the winner of the disputed U.S. House in the state’s 9th Congressional District.
During a Tuesday hearing in Raleigh, Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway heard arguments from lawyers of Harris and Democrat Dan McCready about the Republican’s lawsuit which sought to have him certified as the winner despite an ongoing investigation into alleged elections fraud.
“Certification is not appropriate until the investigation is concluded,” Ridgeway said when delivering his ruling.
Harris leads McCready by 905 votes, but the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) declined to certify the race and has been investigating an alleged absentee ballot fraud scheme.
During the hearing, Ridgeway said it’s “extremely unusual” for a court to intervene and order certification of an election.
“It’s highly unusual for a court to step in for certification. It’s an extraordinary step to ask a court to do,” Ridgeway said.