NC 9th Congressional operator accused as ballot fraud ringleader- Leslie Dowless Jr. arrested


NC’s 9th Congressional District operative has been charged with obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested, following evidence gathered and presented from during the investigation in light of the irregularities of absentee ballots in Bladen County in the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary election. Dowless is accused of being the ringleader of this illegal ballot harvesting operation.

Dowless was a key player, a political-operative hired by the Rev. Mark Harris, a Republican, to help get out the vote in his 2018 congressional run. Unofficially, Harris won by 905 votes on the Nov. 6 election over Democrat opponent Dan McCready. The State Board of Elections, however, refused to certify the race because of the widespread election irregularaties.

After the board of elections ordered a new election, the Reverand (Harris) unfortunately became ill and withdrew from the race and pending surgery.

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The indictment reads in section II that “The jurors for the State upon their oath present that on or between March 21, 2018, through May 8, 2018, in Wake County the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did conspire with others, including but not limited to, Rebecca Thompson and Kelly N. Hendrix, with deceit and intent to defraud, to obstruct public and legal justice by submitting or causing to be submitted by mail absentee ballots and container return envelopes for those ballots to the Bladen County Board of Elections in such a manner so as to make it appear that those ballots had been voted and executed in compliance with the provisions of Article 21 of the North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 163A pertaining to absentee ballots when they, in fact, had not been so executed….”

This arrest follows a refusal to testify last week at a State Board of Elections evidentiary hearing into widespread election fraud last year in the 9th District.

Also indicted were Dowless associates Tonia Marie Gordon, Caitlyn Croom, and Matthew Monroe Mathis, aforementioned Rebecca Thompson. Kelly Hendrix was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Reportedly, Dowless directed subordinates to commit crimes and give false statements to investigators. The Co-Conspirators also committed a number of criminal acts.

Dowless is being held in the Wake County Detention Center on $30,000 secured bond. The cases were placed on the Wake County Superior Court calendar for March 25.

Dowless is charged with three counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit felony obstruction of justice, and two counts of possession of an absentee ballot stemming from the 2016 and 2018 elections.


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