CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper named three Democrats and two Republicans as new members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday.
The new chair, Bob Cordle of Charlotte, said there would be a meeting next week to set a date for a hearing to try to hear evidence about the still-disputed results in the 9th Congressional District race.
In addition to Cordle, the two other Democrats named were Stella Anderson, who is a professor at Appalachian State and a former Chair of the Watauga County Board of elections, and Jeff Camron, who is an attorney from Durham.
The two Republicans are David Black from Concord, who served as chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Elections, and Ken Raymond from Winston Salem, who is a freelance writer and former Chair of the Forsyth County Board of Elections.
The new board will meet next week to set a date to hold a hearing on allegations that absentee ballots were tampered with in Bladen and Robeson counties.
After hearing the evidence, the new board could certify Harris the winner or call for a new election if its proven the results were tainted.
However, state law requires four votes to order a new election. That means one Republican would have to join with three Democrats in calling for a new election, or one Democrat would have to side with the Republicans to certify Harris as the winner.
If there is a stalemate, it could fall to Congress to decide to seat Harris or call for a new election.