A North Carolina prosecutor announced Wednesday that he would decline to bring charges in one of the few cases of voter fraud in the state during the 2016 election. The decision is significant because North Carolina is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a law that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. Of the 4.8 million votes cast, the incident was the single case of in-person voter impersonation at the polls in the 2016 election in North Carolina ― the kind of fraud the voter ID law would prevent. The 67-year-old woman, whose name is not being released, voted for Donald Trump on behalf of her mother, who died on Oct. 26, weeks before Election Day. The woman told the State Board of Elections that her mother had told her “if anything happens you have my power of attorney and you be sure to vote for Donald Trump for me.”
Just a week after her mother died of a stroke, the woman took a copy of her power of attorney to the polls and voted on behalf of her mother. She told the Board of Elections that no one asked to see the power of attorney.
“It was the last thing I could do for her and I felt excited to do that for her,” the woman told investigators. “Please understand that my actions were in no way intended to be fraudulent but were done during my grief and an effort to honor my mothers [sic] last request and I knew that one vote from this 89 year-old lady would not affect the outcome of the election anyway.”