A federal prosecutor on Thursday agreed to postpone the deadline for North Carolina election officials to turn over millions of voting records to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after election officials balked at the sweeping request two months before the midterm elections.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of North Carolina, working in conjunction with ICE, subpoenaed the state and 44 counties last Friday, seeking an estimated 20 million documents. The subpoenas included at least five years of ballots and eight years of voter registration applications, provisional voting forms, absentee request forms, voter registration cancellations, and “any and all” inquiries sent to voters asking them to confirm their citizenship.
The subpoena originally asked that the documents be produced by September 25, but the state said complying would cripple its ability to perform “critical tasks” related to November’s elections.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich agreed Thursday to postpone compliance until January 2019 in a letter to North Carolina’s State Board of Elections, which provided the letter to NBC News. In the letter, Kielmanovich said the timing of the request was initially designed to prevent records from being destroyed, and made the delay conditional on preservation of those documents.
The breadth of the request — “the most exhaustive on record,” Josh Lawson, general counsel for the State Board of Elections, wrote of the subpoenas sent to the counties in an email to Kielmanovich — and the timing stirred alarm among voting rights advocates, who feared it would hamstring election officials at a critical time and expose private voter information.
One has to wonder what is the compelling reason for the immigration Gestapo to need this information on ALL voter records.
"If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy." David Frum, Republican, January 18, 2018
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