Federal prosecutors have already charged 19 non-citizens who voted in the 2016 presidential election…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Following an audit of the 2016 election that revealed more than 40 non-citizen voters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested nearly eight years of voting records from election authorities in North Carolina.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina subpoenaed documents on Aug. 31 on behalf of ICE, McClatchy reported.
The state board of elections and 44 county elections boards will have to provide records spanning from Jan. 1, 2018 to Aug. 30, 2018, including all “voter registration applications, federal write-in absentee ballots, federal post card applications, early-voting application forms, provisional voting forms, absentee ballot request forms, all ‘admission or denial of non-citizen return forms,’ and all voter registration cancellation or revocation forms.”
State election officials originally had until Sept. 25 to submit the documents, which prompted push-back from groups more concerned about Russian interference in the election than non-citizen voters, WRAL reported.
“The timing and scope of these subpoenas from ICE raise very troubling questions about the necessity and wisdom of federal interference with the pending statewide elections,” said Kareem Crayton, interim executive director of the leftist Southern Coalition for Social Justice. “With so many well-established threats to our election process from abroad, it is odd to see federal resources directed to this particular concern.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich sent a letter to the state and counties, saying they now will have until January to comply with the subpoena, so that they can handle upcoming elections and have time to protect voter security during the compliance process.
The request totals to more 20 million documents, and more than 2 million records would reveal how an individual voted.
North Carolina state law gives auditors the right to determine whether someone voted but not how he or she voted.
This will require officials to redact millions of documents before providing them to ICE.
Federal prosecutors filed suit against 19 non-citizens who voted in the 2016 presidential election by illegally stating they were U.S. citizens.
They could face up to six years in prison and a $350,000 fine if convicted, The News and Observer reported.