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North Carolina elections board let green card holder vote

January 18, 2019
FILE - In this May 8, 2018 file photo, a person holds a sticker after placing his vote at the Durham County Library North Regional in Durham, N.C. A federal judge on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections. Hyo Suk George had lived legally in the country for nearly two decades before a town council member at church encouraged her to vote. She registered in Columbus County with a driver’s license, Social Security number , and a green card. George voted in 2008, 2010 and 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections.

The News & Observer reports Hyo Suk George had lived legally in the country for nearly two decades before a town council member at church encouraged her to vote. She registered in Columbus County with a driver’s license, Social Security number — and a green card. George voted in 2008, 2010 and 2016.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle said the board of elections in Whiteville “ought to be a little smarter than” accepting a green card as proof of voter eligibility. Green card holders are not U.S. citizens.

George, 70, faced prison for illegal voting, but Boyle let her go with a $100 fine.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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