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Feb 11, 2019

Voting Rights: Texas Officials Face Growing Scrutiny Over List Of Alleged Voter Fraudsters

As the lawsuits against Texas mount for its sloppy handling of a list of 58,000 alleged noncitizen voters, the elections official responsible for putting together the error-ridden list faced a rough confirmation hearing Thursday. David Whitley, who was selected to be Texas Secretary of State, will likely need Democratic votes to be confirmed in the state, which requires a two thirds majority in the state senate. Whitley struggled to answer questions about the accuracy of the list and and the methodology he used to assemble it. He admitted that he didn’t personally review the data underlying the list before releasing it, but refused to acknowledge that it was a mistake to send the list out. The list came as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was quick to tout the sketchy numbers, pushed for more funding to go after alleged voter fraud. So far, he has not launched any investigations based on the list. Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker filed legislation…

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