By Joe Schofstall
Free Beacon (April 24, 2017) — Hundreds of illegal voters participated in the 2016 general election in North Carolina, according to a new report.
The post-election audit report, released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), an independent and bipartisan agency that oversees elections in the state, found hundreds of illegal votes, including votes cast by felons and non-citizens, double voting, voter impersonation, and irregularities that affected mail-in absentee ballots.
The audit uncovered 441 cases where suspected active felons voted during the 2016 elections.
“In late January 2017, NCSBE sent letters to suspected felon voters identified through data audits, notifying recipients that they may have illegally voted and their registrations would be canceled in 30 days unless they objected in writing and presented evidence that they are not active felons,” the report states.
“Currently, 441 files of suspected felon voters remain open after an initial screening and contacts or attempted contacts with the voters.”
Investigators have referred 16 “substantiated cases” of felon voting to district attorneys to date. The remaining 425 cases are expected to be referred when the investigation is complete.
A separate investigation using state and federal databases identified non-citizens suspected of voting in the election. The NCSBE said 41 voters acknowledged they were not U.S. citizens after receiving a letter from the board of elections. The non-citizen voters came from 28 different countries.