WHITEVILLE — A federal judge has chastised election officials in Columbus County who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections.
According to local reports, Hyo Suk George, a permanent resident, registered in Columbus County with a driver’s license, Social Security number — and a green card. According to the N.C. Board of Elections, George registered as a Democrat and voted in 2008, 2010 and 2016. Her name is listed as “removed” on the state’s voter registry. She voted via one-stop voting in 2008 and in-person in 2010 and 2016.
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle said the board of elections in Columbus County “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.