Lawyer: No basis for congressional race ballot fraud hearing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A lawyer for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race says he doesn't think a hearing that aims to find evidence of alleged ballot fraud can happen.

Attorney David Freedman of Winston-Salem says he hasn't called witnesses for the Jan. 11 hearing because an elections board hasn't been authorized to examine evidence or take action.

Freedman represents Mark Harris, the front-runner in the race to represent North Carolina's 9th congressional district. Democrat Dan McCready trails Harris by a small margin.

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

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper claims he can re-establish the state elections board in time for the hearing. Republicans are threatening to sue if he tries.

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