PILF Wins Release of Records Showing Foreigners Voting in North Carolina

Published On: January 31st, 2022

(Raleigh, NC) – January 31, 2022: Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) to disclose records relating to foreigners registering and voting.

This settlement marks a victory for transparency in our elections and for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires election officials to allow inspection of all records related to the maintenance of the voter rolls. The NCSBE agreed to settle the case after a federal appellate court ruled that the NVRA requires disclosure of documents relating to noncitizens registering and voting.

The terms of the settlement also included an agreement to pay a portion of PILF’s attorneys fees.

“This is a huge win for transparency in North Carolina’s elections,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “The public has a right to know about election vulnerabilities. These records conclusively show that foreigners have been registering to vote and voting in North Carolina elections.  It is a shame our efforts to disclose these records were met with such resistance by election officials. Real foreign interference in American elections happens when foreigners cast ballots. This victory demonstrates that changes to national voter registration policies are needed to prevent this from happening.”

The Foundation filed the lawsuit against the NCSBE in June 2019 for failure to disclose records showing noncitizens registration and voting. The lower court dismissed the complaint saying that PILF could not obtain the records. In May 2021, PILF won its appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

PILF has been uncovering government records showing foreigners voting across the United States including in Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey and California. PILF continues to be in litigation with Pennsylvania to obtain all the records involving a multi-decade failure to prevent aliens from registering and voting there.


Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.

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