It is 2 month before the election and all 44 North Carolina Counties in the Eastern District of NC have received extensive subpoenas from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This is America today. @DemocracyFwd @ACLU @LawyersComm @NAACP
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) September 5, 2018
**updated: This is the same Grand Jury that indicted 19 non-citizen voters a few weeks ago:
More than 40 North Carolina elections boards have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials say.
The subpoena comes via the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections Enforcement plans to address the development during a conference call this 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 General Assembly.
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.
Regardless of the previous indictments or the legitimacy of an empaneled Grand Jury, the across-the-board subpoena of *all* voting records is an outrageous overstepping of authority. And if said Grand Jury voted for or agreed with this decision to violate the rights of tens of thousands of voters in their zeal to find a couple more non-citizens who voted, they should be disbanded.