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DOJ demands North Carolina voting records be given to immigration authorities

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The Department of Justice is demanding that millions of voter records in North Carolina be turned over to immigration authorities this month.

The subpoena, made at the request of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, comes after the Justice Department said last month that 19 noncitizens in the state had illegally voted in the 2016 election.

The subpoena requests that the state turn over “any and all voter registration applications and/or other documents … that were submitted to, filed by, received by, or maintained by the North Carolina State Board of Elections” between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 30 of this year.

Specific documents requested include voter registration forms, absentee ballots and provisional voting forms.

The request could cover more than 15 million documents that North Carolina will have to turn over, the state told CNN.

{mosads}The subpoena became widely known publicly after a lawyer in North Carolina, Marc Elias, tweeted about its existence.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

President Trump has said there was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election, a claim that has not been substantiated. Trump last year launched a commission to study voter fraud, but it was disbanded when several states refused to hand over voter information to the federal government.

The White House, however, has stood by Trump’s claim. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this year said Trump “still strongly feels there was a large amount of voter fraud and attempted to do a thorough review of it.”

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