A Nash County man who voted illegally twice — in 2012 and 2016 — was just sentenced to prison for the crimes, according to a release from the United States Department of Justice.
Roberto Hernandez-Cuarenta, 57, of Zebulon, was convicted of illegally voting for president, vice president and the United States House of Representatives in 2012 and 2016.
Hernandez-Cuarenta was sentenced to time served, which is four months imprisonment, on two counts of voting by alien.
According to the DOJ, Hernandez-Cuarenta knowingly voted in two presidential elections while not being a naturalized United States citizen.
Evidence presented at his sentencing showed that the defendant was granted a Special Agricultural Worker application in June 1992 and was then given legal and permanent resident status as a seasonal agricultural worker — but he was never a naturalized citizen, and he had no pending applications or petitions for citizenship, according to the DOJ. Hernandez-Cuarenta is a citizen of Mexico.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said,
The right to vote is a precious privilege available only to citizens of the United States. When a non-citizen votes in a federal election it serves to dilute and devalue the vote of American citizens and places the decision making authority of the American electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices. My office will do its part to protect the rights of every American citizen to cast their vote freely and to have it counted fairly.”