95,000 Texas voters flagged for citizenship checks

The Texas secretary of state has compiled a list of names to send to local election officials for citizenship checks. Over 95,000 names are on that list, although at this time is it not clear if those people voted illegally in elections.

From The Texas Tribune:

In an advisory released Friday afternoon, the office said it was flagging individuals who had provided the Texas Department of Public Safety with some form of documentation — including a work visa or a green card — that showed they were not a citizen when they were obtaining a driver’s license or an ID card. Among the individuals flagged, about 58,000 individuals cast a ballot in one or more elections from 1996 to 2018, the secretary of state’s office said.

It’s unclear exactly how many of those individuals are not actually U.S. citizens and whether that number will be available in the future. In its notice to counties, the secretary of state’s office said the names should be considered “WEAK” matches, using all capital letters for emphasis.

That means counties may now choose to investigate the eligibility of the individuals who were flagged, which would require them to send a notice asking for proof of citizenship within 30 days, or take no action. By law, the counties aren’t allowed to automatically revoke a voter’s registration without sending out such a notice.

Many media outlets – and the President – ran with the idea that voter fraud had occurred in the state, but Chris Davis, the head of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators, says it’s too early to assume that.

“People get naturalized,” Davis said. “It’s entirely too early to say that.”


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