The federal government indicted 19 North Carolinians last month on charges of illegal voting. Authorities say they should never have been on the voter rolls, much less allowed to step into a polling booth to cast ballots, the Washington Times reported.
Even now, some of these names are still on the state’s rolls in Wake County, and local officials say there’s not much they can do about it.
“At this time I’ve not been made aware of any formal source to remove anybody,” said Gary Sims, elections board director in Wake County, where five of the 19 were registered. Three of them are still on his rolls.
Sims said an indictment or affidavit isn’t even enough for him to begin an investigation, saying he needs a notification from an “official or formal source.”
“The first clear conclusion is that most non-citizens who sign up to vote appear to do so at motor vehicle bureaus. Of the 18 accused voters for which The Washington Times was able to find state records, all of them registered at North Carolina DMVs.
“And of those 18, 13 were registered as Democrats, four as Republicans and one unaffiliated with a party. While a small sample, that does suggest Democrats may be benefitting more from illegal non-citizen voting than Republicans.
“Sims said his main role in registration is to make sure people fill out their information correctly, and he said he relies on checks to clear his rolls of people who moved out of the area, or who have passed away. But Mr. Sims acknowledged none of those checks would catch non-citizens.”
“That [the checks] really is managed by the North Carolina State Board of Elections,” Sims stated.
To combat non-citizen voting, North Carolina will have signs posted at every polling place this year alerting people that if they are voting, they are asserting that they are eligible citizens.