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    Texas Attorney General Reveals 95,000 Non-Citizens on State’s Voting Lists

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    As part of the fight against voter fraud, Texas authorities announced on Friday they discovered almost 100,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996 – and 58,000 of them have voted in at least one Texas election.

    Texas has some of the toughest voter ID laws in the US, yet Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office announced on Friday that there are still non-citizens among the 16 million registered voters in Texas, the New York Times reported. 33 people were prosecuted for voter fraud last year, and 97 were prosecuted between 2005-17, the Attorney General’s office noted.

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    “Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” Paxton said in a statement.

    The announcement came as a result of an 11-month-long investigation into records at the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings and hinted at future legislation to crack down on voter fraud, noting that the state will work on legislation to safeguard against these illegal practices.

    ​Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state, said the announcement on Friday did not mean that the authorities had discovered 95,000 registered voters who they knew for a fact were non-citizens and advised to ask these voters via mail to provide proof of their citizenship. He also said that the method they had used to identify these potentially problematic voter registrations had left “very little, if any” room for error, as they have used a range of identifiers — including first and last names, birth dates and full or partial Social Security numbers — to cross-reference voter rolls and public safety records.

    “We can’t see a situation in which this would produce a false positive,” he said. “These are people whose last and most recent visits to DPS showed them to be noncitizens through documentation that they submitted and which DPS has kept on file.”

    The revelation is likely to raise concerns about the role of voter fraud in elections. President Trump created a commission in 2017 to investigate allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 election, yet it was dismantled amid opposition from states and lawsuits against the group. Trump said that the Democrats refused to submit data to the commission because “they know that many people are voting illegally.” Democrats, in return, said the Republicans are trying to get rid of minority voters with tight voter ID laws.

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