CBS News September 6, 2018, 1:40 AM ICE spurs subpoenas of 44 North Carolina elections boards for voting records
RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 40 North Carolina elections boards have been subpoenaed for voting records by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, reports CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN-TV. Officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought the subpoenas.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections Enforcement plans to address the development during a conference call Friday.
This comes 17 days before absentee voting is scheduled to start.
Local election boards are also working to adjust to a new early voting schedule that was recently approved by the state General Assembly.
The subpoena requests "any and all poll books,e-poll books, voting records, and/or voter authorization documents, and executed official ballots (including absentee official ballots), that were submitted to, filed by, received by, and/or maintained by the [redacted] County Board of Elections from August 30, 2013 through August 30, 2018."
The subpoena follows a mid-August announcement that 19 illegal immigrants in North Carolina illegally voted during the 2016 election.
A news release from United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina also said several of those charged voted in more than one election. The indictments were made by a federal grand jury in Wilmington and included illegal voting in Wake, Johnston, Cumberland and Wilson counties.
One of those indicted, Ramon Esteban Paez-Jerez, 58, of the Dominican Republic, voted illegally in Wake County on Nov. 8, 2016, officials say. He was also charged with two counts of passport fraud, the news release said.