Group asks House to not seat Democrat

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A conservative Christian group wants the North Carolina House to delay seating a winning Democratic candidate from November because it says there are questions about absentee ballots in the extremely close race.

The North Carolina Values Coalition filed documents with the House clerk and Speaker Tim Moore late Tuesday, the day before the General Assembly's two-year session begins.

The coalition says Moore shouldn't seat Rep.-elect Rachel Hunt, who defeated incumbent Republican Bill Brawley by 68 votes.

The coalition says its sister research organization found more than 300 mail-in absentee ballots with date discrepancies between voter and witness signatures. It also provided affidavits suggesting some people sought ballots when they no longer lived in the House district.

The state constitution says the House judges who serves in the chamber.

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