CoastLine: Ever hear of the Bladen County Improvement Association? New podcast from Serial Productions unpacks the power of alleging election fraud
Election fraud allegations arise with varying degrees of credibility each election season. In fact, there is a voting bloc in the U.S. that still believes, incorrectly, Donald Trump won the 2020 election. Their case rests on thoroughly debunked allegations of election fraud. But despite that, rumors of fraud persist.
In 2018, an actual case of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District led the state Board of Elections to throw out the results and hold a new election. Mark Harris, the Republican candidate and winner of the disputed election, did not face any criminal charges, but the operative he hired, McCrae Dowless, did. Harris chose not to run in the do-over. Republican Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready and now holds that seat.
But some in Bladen County say elections officials missed the real perpetrators of election fraud. And that’s where Serial Productions, the makers of the podcasts, “Serial,” “S-Town” and “Nice White Parents“, pick up the story.
A five-part series called, “The Improvement Association, a true story of election fraud”, looks at allegations of illegal interference in Bladen County’s elections and the power of rumors – whether those rumors can be substantiated or not.