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NC Board of Elections completes citizenship audit

Posted October 24, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014

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— The State Board of Elections completed an audit Friday of more than 10,000 voters whose citizenship status had been questioned by a voter watchdog group.

According to a news release, the agency analyzed data provided by the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to flag 1,425 registered voters who are likely non-citizens.

“We are working to ensure that no ballot cast by a non-citizen will count in this or any future election,” elections board Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach said.

State board administrators are preparing guidance instructing election officials to challenge ballots cast by those identified as non-citizens. The process will provide notice and an opportunity for the voter to present proof of citizenship, the release said.

Last week, a private organization incorrectly announced that 10,000 registered voters were classified under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by the Department of Homeland Security. The board has since confirmed that 109 DACA recipients are on the voter rolls but have not voted in any prior election.

It is a crime for any non-citizen to register or to vote in North Carolina.

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  • jimcricket15 Oct 31, 2014

    Illegals have been and continue to vote. It is not a question of IF, it is a question of HOW MANY. For a very long time this State and other States handed out the same licenses to anyone that showed up at the DMV. Over the years the DEMS intentionally created a system to enable this illegal voting. Simplest reason, they believed they would get the lion's share of those votes using the purchasing power of taxpayer dollars with their handout programs. It has been pretty effective. The voter ID while a great thing sadly came into play far too late. It prevents not so much as one person from voting. People that "supposedly" have no ID have had plenty of time to obtain one. The ID is not required until 2016, so people still have close to two more years. So amusing to me, Dems create a myth about inability to get an ID and intentionally ignore the truth about voter fraud.

  • Mouth For War Oct 30, 2014

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    what is so hard about showing ID or standing in line? You stand in line for Black Friday sales or new iPhone

  • dwntwnboy2 Oct 28, 2014

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    - if she's at Wake Tech, she is more than likely "home" and voting as she should. Students vote where they live (usually at the time of the election). I know I voted in the elections in Greenville when I was a student there. I lived there more months of the year than at "home"- as is the case with many students.

  • Tanya Rose Oct 27, 2014
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    1 person being denied their legitimate right to vote because of the ridiculousness the GOP has passed mares the entire process. And the GOP has made sure many will be denied their right to vote. Voter ID laws are nothing but a modern day poll tax.

  • miseem Oct 27, 2014

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    You're on. If she was not registered, they could not legally give her a ballot. Same day registration is not allowed in NC this year. And if she did vote, her vote will not count. Could she possible be divorced, or recently married, with a registration under her old name? Or that she normally goes by a middle name and gave that first,instead of her first name listed on the register? See http://ncelectionconnection.com/voting-in-nc/ for info on new voting requirements. In addition, Wake Tech does not have any residency halls, so the normal complaint of on campus student voting is not an issue. And since a photo ID is not required this year, if she did get by with voting, a photo ID would obviously not have solved the problem. The next question is why were you snooping?

  • CrewMax Oct 27, 2014

    Just got done with early voting. A young lady ( looked like student with book bag and at WakeTech) was ahead of me. She was delayed because they had no record of her in Wake county. However, she still got a ballot. Want to bet she's voting at home, too? Want to bet that both ballots get counted? Want to bet who she voted for?

  • miseem Oct 27, 2014

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    So how close would that election have been if 2,000 legally entitled voters had been denied the right to vote? Making voting harder, or totally disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters does far more damage to the image of a fair vote than having one or two illegal votes. And will have a far larger impact on election results, since very very few elections, especially at anything above a small local race, are decided by less than 10 votes. But many are decided by a few thousand votes. But that has been the GOP plan all along. They have just selected the ones they want to keep away from the polls. That improves their odds. And makes the election results more questionable as a true indication of the will of the people.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Oct 27, 2014

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    Which elections?!? (Your Bunn High prom king and queen does not count) We are talking FACT here not urban legends….

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Oct 27, 2014

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    Maybe if it was an OBSERVABLE problem. You however have a ‘problem’ that is a theory (at best) your own party can’t find. Take for example this story; out of the millions and millions of registered voters in our state they could only find 1,400 “suspected” invalid registrations by cross-referencing three different agencies’ data which is more than likely incorrect or out of date. Wow….

  • Danny Cole Oct 27, 2014
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    There have been elections in this country that have been decided by 1 vote. And illegal vote is one too many.

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