NC rejected 11 voters in 2014 due to citizenship questions

Posted February 10, 2015

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— A statewide dragnet for non-citizens registered as voters yielded 11 individuals who tried to cast ballots during the 2014 General Election but were ultimately rejected, according to a new report compiled by the State Board of Elections in response to a legislative inquiry.

In all, more than 2.9 million people voted during the November election. 

Initially, advocacy groups said they had identified roughly 10,000 people who had registered to vote but held driver's licenses obtained using documents that indicated they were "legally present" in the United States but not citizens. Only citizens may vote. 

Before the fall election, the State Board of Elections narrowed that list list to 1,454 voters in 81 counties whose eligibility to vote was in question. Those voters were placed on a watch list, State Board of Elections Director Kim Strach explained in her memo.

Of those, 89 tried to vote. 

"In some instances, the registrant produced a valid U.S. Passport to poll workers prior to any challenge proceeding," Strach said. "Ultimately, elections officials challenged 24 registrants, 11 of which were sustained. No registrant voted who was flagged as part of the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."

Strach said that her office would continue ongoing audits of the voter rolls and follow up with flagged voters who did not show up to vote. 

"We have prepared and are mailing letters to flagged registrants, requiring documentation demonstrating their citizenship," Strach wrote. "If a voter fails to provide copies of appropriate documentation, or fails to respond within 30 days, our Agency will work with the appropriate county board of election to initiate challenge proceedings."


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  • Dolly Butler Feb 11, 2015
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    How many taxpayer dollars were spent finding those 11 ballots?
    What point is trying to be made by this "investigation" ?

  • Stan Simmerson Feb 11, 2015
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    Mr. Smith, the voter-ID law did not address absentee ballots, where there is a larger 'window' for voter-fraud. The Republicans didn't address that at all. Know why? Because many Republicans vote via absentee-ballots. Hmmm.... Sounds like the 11 votes out of 2.9 milion is a whole lot of uproar over a non-event.

  • Robyn Page Feb 11, 2015
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    Where does this idea come from? I've seen many people claiming that this is occurring, yet I've never seen any proof.

    With the rejection rate being 0.00003793103448275862% (11 out of 2.9 million voters).
    I'm also not seeing where there is a widespread problem of voter fraud in general or that there is a problem of not detecting illegal votes or voters.

  • Roy Hinkley Feb 11, 2015
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    Which of the new voting rules do you believe will help to identify the votes you suspect are illegal, but currently undetectable?

  • Bob Smith Feb 11, 2015
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    I believe there are illegal votes that our election system is unable to detect, so therefore cannot be documented or reported. Hopefully with the next election, these illegal votes that are currently not detectable will be eliminated or at least lessened. Thank You to the Legislators who put new voting guidelines into law!