RALEIGH – Democrats across the Old North State were all too happy to talk about fraud in elections when it served to damage the apparent Republican winner of an important congressional race, but it wasn’t long ago that they balked at cooperating with a federal investigation looking into possible voter fraud by non-citizens in the state.
Federal authorities issued subpoenas for years worth of records from 44 counties in the eastern portion of the state back in August. Specifically, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and officials at ICE were looking for evidence of voting by people were born outside of the United States, and they wanted it before election day. The extraordinarily large records request and close proximity of the 2018 elections led to an extension of the subpoena deadline to January 2019.
Well, it’s January and the N.C. Department of Justice, led by Democrat Josh Stein, an acolyte of Gov. Roy Cooper, has still not complied with the federal subpoenas, according to the Tennessee Star. The deadline has been missed.
For Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich and ICE Special Agent Jahaira Torrens this isn’t the first time they have pursued illegal voting in North Carolina.
In fact, they were both involved in the August 2018 case that resulted in the indictment of 19 foreign nationals residing in North Carolina who illegally voted in the 2016 elections.
The fact the Kielmanovich and Torrens are now pursuing such a large trove of records from county boards of elections suggests that they believe there is a lot more illegal voting going on by foreign nationals in the state.
The dissolution of the State Board of Elections, and its focus on the 9th District probe have been big news, for obvious reasons. In the background, though, is a much more extensive question of voter fraud. So even with the 9th District Saga is resolved, the federal case is likely to extend North Carolina’s focus on illegal voting.