A North Carolina-based immigration enforcement activist finds it "ridiculous" that a green card holder was only fined $100 for illegally voting in three elections.
U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle said the board of elections in Whiteville, North Carolina "ought to be a little smarter than" accepting a green card as proof of voter eligibility. Green card holders are legal residents, not U.S. citizens. But Korean national Hyo Suk George was able to register to vote in Columbus County with a driver's license, a Social Security number, and a green card. She voted in 2008, 2010 and 2016.
George faced prison time for illegal voting, but Boyle let her go with a $100 fine.
"The hundred dollar fine is ridiculous," says William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC). "This example is one of a much larger systematic problem across North Carolina and the country. No one is checking these voter registrations for citizenship. That's the thing that we've been trying to raise awareness of in the entire nation."
Gheen says fraudulent voting is a widespread problem in North Carolina and beyond.
"We believe that that is stealing votes and stealing elections from U.S. citizens, and it's something that we as a national organization want to stop," he tells OneNewsNow. "But even though we've been trying to bring attention to this problem for a decade now, there are no safeguards to prevent millions of people like this woman from committing the dual felonies of both registering to vote and then voting in U.S. elections as a non-citizen."
He laments that the new penalty for dual election fraud felony is just a $100 fine.