Highlighting the accusations in the rural North Carolina congressional district, Colbert told his viewers that Harris is a Baptist minister. It also didn't certify the results of the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 and in Robeson County the District Court 16B Seat 2 race between Republican Jack Moody and Democrat Vanessa Burton.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelositold reporters Thursday that Republicans should be concerned as well, because Dowless also operated in the GOP primary, and the allegations have significance beyond North Carolina.
The state elections board is investigating irregularities in mail-in balloting in the 9th District general election - many of them in Bladen County, which had the highest share of mail-in votes in the district, state records show.
Woodhouse's comments on Thursday stand in contrast to his position earlier in the week when he dismissed the idea of a new election in the Ninth District. Harris won 61 percent of the absentee-by-mail vote in Bladen County, even though just 19 percent of the returned and accepted ballots came from Republicans. GOP officials have denied the report.
The North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is looking into the irregularities in Bladen and Robeson counties, neighboring rural jurisdictions near the SC border, where 40 percent and 62 percent of absentee ballots, respectively, weren't returned.
At the center of this is convicted felon L. McCrae Dowless, who was a consultant to the Harris campaign and something of an expert on absentee voting. For almost the past decade, Dowless has been hired by state and local candidates to "get out the vote", and his past efforts have also been marked with absentee mail-in ballot irregularities. The state is investigating claims that a GOP operative may have manipulated ballots.
Harris may not be the only Republican to have benefited from Dowless's work, either.
As for Harris, he insists he supports an investigation into voter fraud, but that it won't change the outcome. In 2016, Dowless worked for a Republican primary candidate running against Harris and the sitting Republican representative that Harris would later defeat, Robert Pittenger. He was active in Bladen County in the eastern part of the district. One log showed Boyd dropped off only four absentee ballots during the election and that they were from herself, her husband and her husband's parents.
In the days immediately after the race, aides to Pittenger told the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party and a regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee that they believed fraud had occurred, according to people familiar with their discussions.