Nineteen people are facing federal charges after authorities say they illegally voted in the 2016 election.

Nineteen people are facing federal charges after authorities say they illegally voted in the 2016 election.

The US attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced the charges Friday.

Nine of the foreign nationals are accused of falsely claiming to be US citizens in order to register to vote and voting by an alien.

It is illegal for most non-citizens to vote in federal races.

Those convicted can be fined and face prison time.

Ten other foreign nationals also face a mix of charges including voting by an alien and fraud.

Those charged  come from a mix of Central American and Caribbean countries, as well as Nigeria, Italy, Poland and Japan.

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