"NC is perhaps one of the most transparent states in the country," tweeted Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.
"This was fraud perpetrated by campaign operatives," McDonald said. "Election fraud might be a better way to phrase it."
In Bladen County, the absentee ballot seems to have been run by a man named Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., who paid money to people to help him collect the ballots. Dowless was hired by an outside consulting firm, which was working for the Harris campaign
When asked by WSOC-TV about paying people to pick up ballots before the election, Dowless said that he had no comment.
Questions have not only been raised about absentee ballot efforts by the Harris campaign in the November election, but also in the 2016 GOP primary, when Harris received over 95 percent of the absentee votes in Bladen County, as he narrowly defeated the incumbent, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC).
The North Carolina Board of Elections has pledged to hold a public hearing on the matter by December 21, as the board has refused to certify the results of the November elections.
Without a certificate of election, Harris would not be able to take his seat in the 116th Congress in January; even if the board approves him, the House - soon to be under the control of Democrats - could refuse to seat Harris, and conduct its own investigation.
"If there is what appears to be a very substantial question on the integrity of the election, clearly we would oppose Mr. Harris' being seated until that is resolved," said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House.
"The House has, as you know, the authority over the propriety of the election," Hoyer told reporters at a regular press briefing. "This is a very substantial question."
One other possibility is that the North Carolina state elections board could order a new election for that U.S. House seat as well.