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Sep 17, 2018

DOJ Issues More Subpoenas For North Carolina Voter Registration Records

As if subpoenas issued to North Carolina election officials seeking massive amount of voting records were not enough controversy for Trump’s Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney of Eastern North Carolina also sent a similarly broad subpoena to state DMVs seeking voting registration records, including those “completed in a language other than English.” So far it’s not clear whether the DMV will comply; North Carolina’s Board of Elections has already authorized state Attorney General Josh Stein to fight the subpoenas sent to the election officials. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation referred me to the attorney’s general office, whose spokesperson said they were reviewing the subpoenas and were “concerned about the scope.” The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on minority voting rights Wednesday, and found that since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, the “federal government has limited tools to address these potentially discriminatory voting procedures and hardly any tools to prevent voting discrimination before…

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