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NCGA Republicans target immigrants with yet another bill rooted in false claims

by RFNC Staff
  • S250 puts alleged noncitizens at risk by making their personal information, including name and address, public, potentially exposing them to harassment and violence.
  • S250 addresses a problem that does not exist and will incorrectly remove registered voters from the voting rolls.
    • The rationale for S250 is rooted in disproven claims that NC’s voting rolls are full of undetected noncitizens.
  • Texas lawmakers who approved a similar bill are facing a lawsuit from a group of voters who were incorrectly removed from voter rolls for being “foreign born.”

S250 would require the State Board of Elections to identify and remove people from voting rolls who at some point in the past were excused from jury duty because they said they were not U.S. citizens.

S250 puts alleged noncitizens at risk by making their personal information, including name and address, public, potentially exposing them to harassment and violence. The bill includes a provision to post people’s supposed citizenship status online via the NCSBE website.

S250 addresses a problem that does not exist and will incorrectly remove registered voters from the voting rolls.  Analysis conducted by WRAL found that of the 553 Wake county voters identified as “potentially fraudulent” by conservative “sting operator” James O’Keefe all were U.S. Citizens. Prior attempts by the NCSBE to identify and remove suspected noncitizens from the voting rolls showed just how challenging and fruitless this task is. Moreover, the rationale for S250 is rooted in disproven claims that NC’s voting rolls are full of undetected noncitizens. 

Texas lawmakers who approved a similar bill are facing a lawsuit from a group of voters who were incorrectly removed from voter rolls for being “foreign born.” North Carolina would likely face similar litigation if S250 becomes law, wasting taxpayer dollars.

S250 passed the NC House largely along party lines last week and is expected to head back to the Senate floor for today for a vote.