North Carolina operative out of jail in ballot case

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The main suspect in the ballot-fraud allegations at the bottom of a still-unsettled North Carolina congressional election is out of jail.

Leslie McCrae Dowless was released Thursday from the Wake County jail in Raleigh after posting bond. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven felonies accusing him of illegally handling ballots during last year’s primary election and the 2016 elections.

North Carolina law makes it illegal for anyone other than a voter or their immediate family to handle a mail-in ballot.

The charges came less than a week after the state elections board decided Dowless’ work on behalf of Republican Mark Harris, starting with the 2018 primary, tainted the GOP candidate’s apparent November victory in the 9th Congressional District.

Dates for a new election haven’t been set.

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