Pelosi: House Could Take ‘Extraordinary Step’ on North Carolina Election

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Mark Harris’ victory against Democrat Dan McCready is in question. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says that amid allegations of voter fraud, the chamber could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear.

Pelosi said Thursday the House “retains the right to decide who is seated.”

She said, “Any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member-elect.”

Officials in North Carolina are investigating voter fraud allegations. Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes, but results are not certain.

Pelosi is nominated to become House Speaker when Democrats take control in January. The House Administration committee has “full investigative authority to determine the winner,” she said.

It’s not simply about “that one seat,” she said, but the “integrity of elections.”