A contested election. Accusations of election fraud. Widespread attention from the national media.
No, it’s not in Florida, which has had its fair share of election hijinks over the decades.
It’s in North Carolina, where a Congressional race might get a rare election do-over after allegations surfaced that a political operative helped the Republican candidate win by illegally collecting absentee, or vote-by-mail, ballots.
The case highlights a notable difference between the two states, however: North Carolina has much tougher laws than Florida when it comes to voting by mail.
Although Florida, like many states, has imposed strong voter ID laws for casting a ballot at a polling place, it’s done virtually nothing to stop fraud in the vote-by-mail process.