ICE orders North Carolina to turn over voting records from 44 counties

by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2018

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina has subpoenaed records from the state board of elections and 44 county elections boards for voting records from Jan. 1, 2010 through Aug. 30, 2018, a report said.

The subpoena came at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Raleigh News & Observer reported on Sept. 5.

The requested records include: 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, the report said.

The state and counties must appear in court with the documents in Wilmington on Sept. 25, the report said.

The 44 counties are Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

Gary Sims, the director of Wake County’s board of elections, said his staff has not begun to gather the data requested nor has it responded to the subpoena, the News & Observer report said.

The state board of elections is “deeply concerned” by the request, it said in an email sent to the boards of elections in each of the 44 counties.

“We are deeply concerned by the administrative drain on county boards of elections in order to comply with the extensive subpoenas immediately prior to a federal election, including the necessary reproduction of millions of documents (all ballots, etc.). The subpoenas faxed to county boards are the most exhaustive on record,” wrote Josh Lawson, general counsel for the state board.

In August, 19 people in North Carolina were charged with voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election because they weren’t U.S. citizens, the News & Observer reported.

Nine people face up to six years in prison and a $350,000 fine if convicted on charges of voting by noncitizens and pretending to be U.S. citizens in order to register to vote, the report said.

A 26-year-old woman from Mexico was indicted on charges of fraud, voting by a noncitizen, and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents. She faces up to 26 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

A 66-year-old North Carolina resident was charged with aiding and abetting one of the women charged with falsely claiming citizenship and voting illegally. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On Aug. 14, a Dominican man pleaded guilty to charges of passport fraud and voting by a noncitizen, the report said. The man registered to vote in North Carolina using a fake identity in 2007 and voted in Wake County in 2016 “knowing he had illegally obtained United States citizenship.” He faces a maximum 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

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