SBOE admits to having no program to remove non-citizen voters

Oct 9, 2019 (Raleigh) Critics of a hotly debated Senate Bill (SB250) in the state’s legislature, we deemed it appropriate to remind the public of an October 25, 2018, Wake Forest Weekly article in which State Board of Elections’ spokesman, Patrick Gannon, freely admitted his agency has inadequate voter lists maintenance programs.

“We do not have a regular voter list maintenance process to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls, at least partly because there is no comprehensive database to rely upon,” he said. (See last paragraph of picture below.)

Truth is, there are numerous government databases his agency could use to investigate suspected non-US citizens on the voter rolls, but we will not debate that matter here. They refuse to investigate such matters due to the political will of NC Governor Roy Cooper.

As a result of their miscalculation, the NC SBOE is waging a costly federal court battle against the Public Interest Legal Foundation to deny their public information request, as allowed under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (52 U.S. Code § 20507) and it is a battle the agency is doomed to lose.

Courtesy of NC Policy Watch

In addition to the agency’s sunk cost of in-house attorneys to defend the case, taxpayers will cough up funding for any subject-matter experts the agency must financially entice to testify on their behalf.  But making matters worse for the taxpayers in North Carolina, the NVRA includes a “private right of action” clause” that includes a loser-pays provision:

“. . . the court may allow the prevailing party (other than the United States) reasonable attorney fees, including litigation expenses, and costs.” – Section 8 of NVRA (52 U.S. Code § 20510).

So when Ms. Turnow (a former activist for a left-wing nonprofit)  and her bevy of barristers lose ugly to PILF, our state’s taxpayers can be forced to pay the extensive legal fees racked up by J. Christian Adams, the 20-year veteran who first earned his bones as a DOJ Voting Rights attorney and now leads the Non-Governmental Organization.

Bottom Line:

The SBOE has no process to find, investigate, and adjudicate voters who are suspected of being noncitizens. Senate Bill 250 will direct them to begin moving in that direction and to do so in a way that the public won’t have to sue them to confirm their compliance. It’s called “public oversight.”

Who ya gonna call?

~ jd

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