In rural North Carolina, a congressional race remains undecided as voting investigation widens

Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

On Tuesday, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., expected to be the new House Majority Leader, raised the prospect that Democrats could refuse to seat Harris. And if Democrats were to challenge Harris' election, the House Administration Committee would be charged with conducting an investigation that might take months. Ultimately, the House could order a new election.

Across the 9th Congressional District, more than 3,400 requested absentee ballots were not returned. While some residents who requested ballots may have just decided not to submit them, or voted in person instead, others -- such as Montgomery and Jeneva Legions -- handed over their ballots to people who knocked on their door.

In the Village Oak public housing complex in Bladenboro, Jeneva Legions, a 30-year-old cashier at a bargain store, said she gave her ballot to a group of women who walked door-to-door around her neighborhood in October.

"Are you Jeneva?" a woman asked her. "I've come to pick up the ballots."

"I just gave it to her," Legions said. "I thought she worked for the county."

An unaffiliated voter who typically votes a straight Democratic ticket, Legions eventually found out her ballot was never received.

"Turns out I didn't vote for nobody," she said.

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Montgomery, the stay-at-home mom, was luckier -- Democratic volunteers informed her before Election Day that her mail-in ballot had not been entered into the system, so she was able to cancel it and cast her vote in person. She still has no idea what happened to her mail-in ballot.

"My trust is all messed up," she said. "What did she do with my vote? Did she just throw it out?"

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