A lawyer for the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race says he doesn’t think a hearing that aims to find evidence of alleged ballot fraud can happen.

Attorney David Freedman of Winston-Salem says he hasn’t called witnesses for the Jan. 11 hearing because an elections board hasn’t been authorized to examine evidence or take action.

Freedman represents Mark Harris, the front-runner in the race to represent North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Democrat Dan McCready trails Harris by a small margin.

The elections board was dissolved on Friday by judges who months ago declared its form unconstitutional. A revamped board takes effect Jan. 31.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper claims he can re-establish the state elections board in time for the hearing. Republicans are threatening to sue if he tries.

FILE - Int his May 8, 2018 file photo, Ninth Congressional district Democratic candidate Dan McCready smiles outside Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, N. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)
FILE – Int his May 8, 2018 file photo, Ninth Congressional district Democratic candidate Dan McCready smiles outside Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, N. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)

Source: The Associated Press