GREENSBORO – The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina has announced charges of voter fraud against 19 individuals, all non-citizens, in North Carolina. Each defendant illegally voted in a federal election in 2016.
Federal investigations into voter fraud by non-citizens have been ongoing for a couple years now. It wasn’t long ago that federal authorities asked local boards of elections in North Carolina to provide extensive records in that regard, so we know the Fed have been active in this area. At the time, local boards had trouble furbishing the records before an election (2018), and an extension was granted.
According to the release from the US Attorney reported by WSOC9, one of those charged voted again in 2018.
The penalties for the charges, if convicted, range from a maximum of one year in prison and/or up to a $100,000 fine, to a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
The news of voter fraud charges come as we approach the 2020 elections in the era of Pandemic Panic, with an unprecedented focus on voting by mail (absentee or mail-in). We know from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein that absentee voting is where the bulk of voter fraud occurs, and so we anticipate a total mess when it comes to the 2020 elections.
For the US Attorney, this is probably not the last of indictments focusing on voting by non-citizens in North Carolina, either, The confluence of events makes it all the more important to have robust systems to ensure integrity in our votes, from Voter ID, to stronger policies for voting absentee.