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Feb 4, 2019

Voting Rights: Trump DOJ Takes New Position On Oversight Of Texas’ Voting Rules

Texas state officials’ claims that nearly 100,000 noncitizens may have been registered to vote in the state are falling apart, and concerns raised about the state’s methodology have turned out to be valid. After the secretary of state advised county election officials to vet a list of 95,000 alleged noncitizen voters, county after county has found hundreds of duplicates and thousands of people on the list who are actually citizens. One was a naturalized El Paso County elections staffer. While the state is quietly trying to walk back its initial assertions, which suggested mass fraud, state officials have publicly shown no remorse. Texas is now facing multiple lawsuits over the matter, as voting rights advocates are concerned that eligible voters will be purged or otherwise discouraged from participating in future elections. Texas is also the site of a major U.S. Justice Department reversal in longstanding litigation over discriminatory voting policies. Over the past few years, multiple courts found that the state…

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