June 24, 2021

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A staggering amount of noncitizens registered to vote in Texas, say state officials

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A staggering amount of noncitizens registered to vote in Texas, say state officials

The office of The Texas Secretary Of State (Sos) discovered that 95,000 individuals identified as non-u.s. citizens By The Texas Department Of Public Safety (Dps) are registered to vote, Moreover, 58,000 of those non-u.s. citizens, voted at least once, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” said Paxton in a prepared statement released late Friday afternoon. “We’re honored to have partnered with the Texas Secretary of State’s office in the past on voter initiatives and we will spare no effort in assisting with these troubling cases. My Election Fraud Unit stands ready to investigate and prosecute crimes against the democratic process when needed.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Texas SOS David Whitley provided this new information to him this week. 

“Nothing is more vital to preserving our Constitution than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas,” added Paxton. “I applaud Secretary of State Whitley for his proactive work in safeguarding our elections.”

Paxton underscored his office has “obtained a number of successful noncitizen voter fraud convictions,” including Rosa Ortega in Tarrant County, Laura Garza in Montgomery County, and Marites Curry in Navarro County.

In response to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s announcement, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a national election integrity law firm, tweeted, “The 95,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Texas — 61 percent cast ballots. The Left pushed overly aggressive policies that exposed noncitizens to voter registration. Are their deportation risks worth it?”

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is currently suing Harris County for noncitizen voter registration records which are being withheld from public inspection. The Foundation ’s president, J. Christian Adams, responded to the news by adding, “This shows why Harris county must release the alien voting records we have sought for a year.”

In October 2018 The Public Interest Legal Foundation issued a complaint to the State of Texas about the local Democratic Party saying they were sending pre-filled voter registration applications to noncitizens in the Rio Grande Valley.

The complaint says the Democratic Party were encouraging noncitizens to vote in the midterm elections. The mailers allegedly arrived with the U.S. citizenship box pre-checked. The SOS referred the matter to the AG’s office.

State law permits lawfully present noncitizens to obtain drivers licenses by showing proof of lawful presence to DPS. However, only United States. citizens are eligible to vote. Currently, Texas law does not require verification of a voter’s statement that they are a citizen.

Illegal voting is a second-degree felony in Texas, punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Under federal law, applicants for naturalization can be denied and potentially deported if they registered to vote prior to becoming a citizen.

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