December 14, 2018

ABA Legal Fact Check explores N.C. election probe and the law

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2018 — Nearly six weeks after the Nov. 6 election, the winner of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race still has not been finalized. The problem: allegations of election fraud involving an operative for the Republican candidate who beat his opponent by 905 votes.

With state investigators and the FBI conducting investigations, a new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today explores the intersection of federal and state laws that govern campaigns and elections, as well as the legal issues raised by the contested North Carolina vote. The new posting also explores the law as it pertains to the role and limits of the U.S. House of Representatives in both excluding and expelling a newly elected member.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. For coverage of other timely issues in the news, these prior ABA Legal Fact Checks might be helpful:

  • Click here on the limits of U.S. troops at the southern border
  • Click here on the legal history of U.S. birthright citizenship
  • Click here on what legally constitutes the crime of treason
  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on under what circumstances, if any, would a president be above the law.
  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on the authority of a president to issue pardons.

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