Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Mark Harris, the GOP House candidate whose campaign is tangled up in an absentee ballot fraud investigation in North Carolina, pledged cooperation with the probe, and said he’d support calling a new election — if the investigators turned up proof that the alleged fraud scheme determined the results of the election.

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The Justice Department won’t say whether acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s ethics review is still incomplete, 14 months after he joined that department, as congressional Democrats have asserted.

Whitaker spokesperson Kerri Kupec declined to comment on the claim, which Democrats made in a letter Thursday reiterating a request that they be notified if ethics officials advise Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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The North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that it would be open to a new election in the state’s ninth U.S. congressional district, where an absentee ballot probe is underway, if investigators can show “substantial likelihood” that the alleged fraud scheme changed the outcome of the race. Republican candidate Mark Harris unofficially leads in the race by just 905 votes over the Democrat Dan McCready.

“If they can show with certainty that the outcome could NOT have been changed, they need to certify Mr. Harris and continue to support all state and federal criminal investigations,” Dallas Woodhouse (pictured above), the executive director of the state’s GOP, told TPM in an email.

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The North Carolina Senate gave final passage to a new voter ID requirement Thursday morning, implementing a constitutional amendment voters approved last month. The legislation, passed by the House Wednesday, is now heading to the desk of Gov. Roy Cooper (D), whose potential veto Republicans can override with their supermajority in both chambers.

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Voters who requested mail-in ballots in the county that is now ground zero of a North Carolina election fraud investigation received mailers from election officials in the days before the election reminding them of the proper procedures for absentee ballots.

The mailer, titled “Absentee Voters: Know Your Rights,” informed voters that only the voters themselves or their close relatives could turn in mail-in ballots. It also gave them a number to call if someone else turned in their ballots, as well as for if someone else filled out their ballot or if they wanted to check on their ballot’s status.

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