A judge in North Carolina went off on election officials after they allowed a green-card holder to vote in elections between 2008 and 2016.
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, a Korean woman named Hyo Suk George voted in the 2008, 2010 and 2016 elections despite not being a U.S. citizen.
According to the News & Observer, George “lived legally in the United States for nearly 20 years before she voted in her first election, coaxed to cast her ballot by an enthusiastic town council member at church.”
Local officials in Columbus County accepted her Social Security number, driver’s license and green card as proof that she should be able to vote.
Of course, the green card ought to have been a tip-off that George wasn’t a U.S. citizen — a requirement to cast a ballot. This could have landed her in seriously hot water, even if her ID was good enough for county officials.
“But on Thursday, George, 70, faced charges of illegal voting from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for which she might have spent six months in prison,” the News & Observer reported.
“Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle chastised the elections board in Whiteville, letting George go with a $100 fine.”
“So they see a green card and say, ‘That’s OK’ because they don’t know what they’re doing,” Boyle wrote in his ruling.
“They ought to be a little smarter than that.”
Boyle also quipped that “maybe as much attention as is focused on illegal voting” ought to be put on “educating election workers.”
George has lived in the United States for 30 years and has had a green card since 1995, according to the News & Observer. She cares for a husband sick with prostate cancer and has worked in housekeeping and fast food, the paper reported.
When it comes to those legally in this country who have been caught illegally voting, she’s been one of the lucky ones.
Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a Peruvian citizen who found herself in a similar situation, found herself facing deportation in 2017.
Fitzpatrick had registered at an Illinois DMV while she was applying for her driver’s license in 2006, according to Lifezette. She’d recently obtained her green card and a clerk asked her if she wanted to register to vote under the state’s “motor voter” act.
When asked if she could, the man said, “It’s up to you.” That was part of a script written by the state that’s since been changed.
“He knew the law better than I did,” Fitzpatrick said during a deposition.
When she applied for citizenship, she acknowledged she had voted twice, which led to an immigration judge ordering her deportation. The decision was upheld on further appeals.
Whether or not either of these individuals should have known better was beside the point, according to Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a non-profit that specializes in electoral integrity.
“Margarita Fitzpatrick is the return on investment after years of Soros-funded activism,” Churchwell said, referring to the liberal billionaire’s push for forms of automatic voter registration. “There are thousands of Margarita Fitzpatricks out there.”
Yes, George and Fitzpatrick ought to have known better. But who really ought to have known better were the men and women who registered these individuals to vote.
Whether the number of illegal voters is hundreds, or thousands, or tens of thousands, this is a serious abrogation of duty — and something that those concerned about electoral fraud ought to be just as serious about addressing.
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