Congressional race ballot fraud hearing postponed

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina elections staffers are postponing a hearing next week into allegations of possible ballot fraud in the country's last undecided congressional race after last week's disbanding of the state elections board authorized to subpoena witnesses and hold hearings.

The announcement Wednesday came after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he won't try to ram ahead with a Democrats-only elections board, raising doubts the Jan. 11 hearing could take place.

Republicans refused to nominate GOP members for a temporary elections board to fill in until a new law creates a new board at the end of the month.

The elections board was dissolved on Friday by state judges who in October declared its form unconstitutional. A revamped board takes effect Jan. 31.

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North Carolina's governor says a hearing digging into allegations of possible ballot fraud in the country's last undecided congressional race is in doubt because Republicans won't accept his plan to temporarily recreate the disbanded state elections board.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday he won't try to ram ahead with a Democrats-only elections board, raising doubts next week's hearing can take place.

Republicans refused to nominate GOP members for a temporary elections board to fill in until a new law creates a new board at the end of the month. State Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said there's no legal basis to create the interim body.

The elections board was dissolved on Friday by state judges who in October declared its form unconstitutional. A revamped board takes effect Jan. 31.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)