The post-election audit report, released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), an independent and bipartisan agency that oversees elections in the state, revealed the reality of the elections.
This article arrives amidst President Donald Trump’s numerous claims that illegal immigrants cast votes nationwide.
The audit revealed some 441 cases, where votes were casted by felons & non-citizens and through means of voter impersonation & double voting.
These cases were spread around the state. Guilford County, which surrounds Greensboro, had the most at 63. In the Raleigh area, Wake County had 36, while neighboring Durham County had 34.
“Currently, 441 files of suspected felon voters remain open after an initial screening and contacts or attempted contacts with the voters.”
The report states, “In late January 2017, NCSBE sent letters to suspected felon voters identified through data audits, notifying recipients that they may have illegally voted and their registrations would be canceled in 30 days unless they objected in writing and presented evidence that they are not active felons.”
The NCSBE stated that 41 voters that had received the letter, acknowledged that they were not U.S. citizens. These non-citizen voters came from 28 different countries.
“A number of non-citizens said they were not aware that they were prohibited from voting,” the report states. “Interviews and evidence show that some non-citizens were misinformed about the law by individuals conducting voter registration drives or, in at least one document case, by a local precinct official.”
While, 61 voters failed to respond to the NCSBE’s letter. The investigations in these cases remain ongoing.
An investigation was also made to identify cases of double voting. As per the board, there were quite a few dozen cases of double voting.
“Some violators appear to be ‘testers’ trying to find holes in the system,” the audit says. “Others claim property ownership in multiple jurisdictions should allow them to vote in each, and others brush past the law to support their candidate by any means necessary. Additionally, a case that initially appears to be a double voter—an individual who votes twice—may actually be a case of voter impersonation—an individual who casts a ballot using the identity of another person.”
Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation said, “This audit is a positive step in identifying weaknesses in the local election system. The State needs to be doing a better job tracking felon voters and freezing their records until sentences are complete.”
The NCSBE continues to look into the voting irregularities caused in the 2016 election.