US Justice Department has announced the indictment of 19 foreign-born individuals for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election, describing the move as part of an ongoing voter fraud investigation.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon, Jr. issued the indictments on Friday, underlining that the cases are under probe as part of a new initiative in the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, US-based Politico magazine reported.
The development came after US President Donald Trump vowed to root out voter fraud following his unsubstantiated claims that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential poll, which he won without the popular vote.
US presidential elections are decided not by popular votes but by the number of electoral votes, designated to each of its 51 states based on their population. Even if a candidate wins a state’s vote by a thin margin, he or she picks up the entire…