DoJ agrees to delay NC election data subpoenas of 44 counties

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to delay subpoenas that ask for voter data from dozens of North Carolina counties until after November elections. 

A total of 44 counties, all located in the eastern part of the state, received the subpoenas that requests “any and all poll books, e-poll books, voting records, and/or voter authorization documents, and executed official ballots (including absentee official ballots), that were submitted to, filed by, received by, and/or maintained by the [redacted] County Board of Elections from August 30, 2013 through August 30, 2018.”

This comes 17 days before absentee voting is scheduled to start.

The State Board of Elections expressed its concern about fulfilling those requests as it prepares for the November election. 

In a letter dated Sept 6. Sebastian Kielmanovich, assistant United States attorney wrote:

“We understand and appreciate that concern and want to do nothing to impede those preparations or to affect participation in or the outcome of those elections.”

Kielmanovich wrote the DoJ was willing to “extend the deadline for compliance until well after the upcoming election cycle.”

The 44 counties subpoenaed are:

Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.

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