Democratic Chairman of Elections in North Carolina, Andy Penry has resigned from his position due to election fraud allegations.
In a Twitter thread by Washington Post editor Amy Gardner, Penry said he did not want to be a “distraction” as the investigation moves forward.
There is currently a criminal investigation into the absentee voting fraud for the 2016 and 2018 elections.
North Carolina’s bi-partisan election board has voted 9-0 not to certify the NC-9 election. Republican Mark Harris is currently leading his Democrat opponent by 905 votes.
Gardner tweeted the following:
“Andy Penry, Democratic chairman of the N.C. State Board of Elections, said he doesn’t want to be a distraction in the fraud investigation in the 9th District/1”
“Penry had come under attack from Republicans, who accused of him of partisan motives in leading the investigation. Penry has been an active and voicy critic of President Trump in his Twitter feed./2”
“”The investigation of criminal conduct and absentee voting fraud in the 2018 Republican primary and 2018 general election in Congressional District 9 is a matter of vital importance to our democracy,” Penry wrote./3”
“”The investigation should be free of attempts at distraction and obstruction so that the truth can be revealed. I will not allow myself to be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation.”/4”
“”In the best interest of this investigation, and completely of my own accord, I resign from the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, effective immediately.”/5”
“It’s worth noting that the NC elex board’s investigation is NOT partisan. The nine-member board, with 4 Dems, 4 Repubs and one unaffiliated, voted NINE ZERO not to certify the results in NC-09.”
TAR HEEL, N.C. — The Democratic chairman of the state elections board in North Carolina resigned Saturday, saying he did not want his partisan views to undermine a widening investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race.
Andy Penry, chairman of the nine-member State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, said in a statement to the board obtained by The Washington Post that he was stepping away to allow the investigation to continue “free of attempts at distraction and obstruction so that the truth can be revealed.”
Penry has fielded criticism from North Carolina Republican officials, who have pointed to his Twitter posts — which include a number of tweets highly critical of President Trump — as evidence that the board’s investigation is partisan and baseless.
“The investigation of criminal conduct and absentee voting fraud in the 2018 Republican primary and 2018 general election in congressional District 9 is a matter of vital importance to our democracy,” Penry wrote in the statement. “I will not allow myself to be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation.”
Penry’s decision came after the nine-member elections board — which includes four Democrats, four Republicans and one unaffiliated voter — agreed unanimously Tuesday to delay certification of the results in the 9th District election amid allegations of an effort to fill in or discard the absentee ballots of Democratic voters.
Republican Mark Harris, who beat incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger in the primary, leads Democrat Dan McCready in the race by only 905 votes, according to unofficial returns.
What a corrupt Board of Elections. Is there anyone honest anymore??
CERTIFY MARK HARRIS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/cufgQhhPDN
— NC Photos (@JillLang) November 29, 2018