A concerted effort by North Carolina officials to prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting in last fall’s elections led to 11 people having their ballots rejected. The State Board of Elections released results of an audit of voter rolls in October that flagged 1,454 registered voters in 81 of the state’s 100 counties as potential non-citizens. Information on the rolls was matched up against data from the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the federal Department of Homeland Security. It’s illegal for a non-citizen to vote or register in North Carolina. More than 2.9 million registered voters voted last fall, or 44 percent of the 6.6 million registered.
A board letter to lawmakers released late Tuesday said 89 registered voters attempted to vote through early voting or on Election Day. Some provided proof of citizenship, for example, and others weren’t stopped at the polls. Twenty-four were officially challenged and were decided upon by county or precinct officials.
Eleven of the challenges were sustained. Now there’s a process under way whereby those registered voters can be removed from the rolls, board spokesman Josh Lawson said. The board is also deciding whether to refer any cases to prosecutors, he said.