NC elections official says Congress can see 9th District evidence

Mark Harris, center, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat, and his attorney David Freedman, right, leave after speaking with the media outside the state elections board building, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C. Harris and his lawyers met for about two hours with board investigators examining absentee ballot irregularities in the 9th District. No candidate has been certified the 9th District winner while the investigation continues. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s elections director says evidence collected in an investigation into possible fraud in the nation’s last undecided congressional race is secure and ready if Congress needs to take a look.

State elections board executive director Kim Westbrook Strach said Friday that elections staffers are “working methodically” to complete an investigation into ballot-collection practices in two rural counties in the state’s 9th congressional district.

Strach responded to a letter last week from the head of the U.S. House Administration Committee asking state officials to preserve original notes, recordings and documents. Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California says the House may also investigate and ultimately determine the rightful winner of the disputed seat.

Strach says state elections staffers are anticipating further examinations and have multiple layers of security and evidence-tracking.