That means at least 58,000 American votes were cancelled out…in Texas alone!
An evaluation by the Texas Secretary of State’s office discovered that about 95,000 people identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voting registration record.
The state claims 58,000 of those people voted in one or more state elections over 22 years.
For perspective, during the 2018 Gubernatorial election, more than 15.7 million people were registered to vote, and more than 8.3 million actually voted.
In an advisory released Friday, the Texas Secretary of State, David Whitley, announced the findings from its voter registration maintenance activities.
The maintenance activity was done in accordance with federal and state law to ensure that only qualified voters — who must first and foremost be U.S. citizens — are registered to vote in Texas elections, per the Secretary of State.
The Texas Secretary of State cannot investigate or prosecute illegal activity so he turned the information over to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Voting without eligibility is a second-degree felony in Texas.
“My Election Fraud Unit stands ready to investigate and prosecute crimes against the democratic process when needed,” wrote Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement.
In the future, the secretary’s office will use information from DPS on a monthly basis to cross-reference voters with Texas’ statewide voter registration database and match potential non-U.S. citizens who have registered to vote. When there is a match, the Texas Secretary of State’s office will notify the county.
What happens next?
Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant said at this time, we don’t know how many of those 95,000 non-U.S. citizens live in our area. He’s expecting to find out from the Secretary of State’s Office next week.
Any counties that are affected by the report will be told to send a Notice of Examination to those non-citizens, letting them know their status is being examined.
They will then have 30 days to provide proof of citizenship. If they don’t respond or cannot provide any proof of citizenship, they will be removed from the voter rolls.