Two agents from the federal Homeland Security investigations office showed up at the Nassau Board of Elections Friday, inquiring the status of subpoenaed immigrant voting records, county sources said.
The Nassau and Suffolk Elections boards received agency subpoenas in recent weeks, requesting the voting history of certain voters who were born in other countries, sources at both boards said.
The Nassau Board subpoena arrived about three weeks ago and sought information on more than 200 people, sources said. The subpoena to the Suffolk Board was dated March 21 and contained 21 names – though only five were found to be registered, sources said.
The subpoenas also sought addresses, party registration and signatures. The subjects were all foreign-born individuals from countries including Canada, Bulgaria, Jamaica, El Salvador, Cuba, Pakistan, Belize, Korea, Vietnam, Haiti, Chile, Israel and Yugoslavia.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said federal agents were investigating allegations a large number of immigrants in Nassau and Suffolk may have voted illegally. The immigrants were said to be legal residents of the United States. “The Eastern District is taking it very seriously and has issued the subpoenas,” King said.
King said he didn’t know the source of the allegations…
A lawyer with knowledge of election law said anyone who registers to vote must swear that they’re American citizens and the election board relies on that statement. Proof of citizenship is not required. Congress is investigating whether the Bush administration fired eight U.S. attorneys for refusing to pursue voter fraud charges.
Nadia Marin-Molina, executive director of the Workplace Project, an immigration advocacy group in Hempstead, said she couldn’t understand what federal agents expected to find in their probe. “It would be very strange for people who are not citizens to have actually voted,” she said. “I never heard of someone actually voting who was not a citizen. People usually don’t do anything that would bring them in contact in any way.”
This may not be an isolated event:
… the supervisor of elections in Tallahassee, Fla., told McClatchy Newspapers on Thursday that Miller’s office had asked for a copy of a database of registered voters. But Sancho corrected himself Friday, saying an immigration official had requested the database last August, not a federal prosecutor.
h/t to emptywheel.