NC Board of Elections completes citizenship audit

Posted October 24, 2014 9:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2014 12:39 a.m. EDT

State Board of Elections sign

— 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.