Local elections board let green card holder vote

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo ,voters line up during early voting at Chavis Community Center in Raleigh, N.C. More than a dozen states have enacted tougher requirements for registering and voting since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act three years ago. That has led to confusion and claims that certain groups, mostly minorities who tend to vote with Democrats, are being disenfranchised. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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.