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Texas elections officials said Friday that they have identified roughly 95,000 non-U.S. citizens on voter rolls going back to 1996, raising alarms among voting rights activists who called the numbers suspect and feared new efforts to tighten access to the ballot box.
The state has been one of the nation's biggest voting rights battlegrounds in recent years and drawn attention over severe punishments in voter fraud cases.
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In 2017, a Fort Worth jury sentenced a Mexican national who has lived in the U.S. since she was a baby to eight years in prison for illegal voting, after which she faces deportation.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton highlighted that case in a statement about the latest numbers released by state elections officials.
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Roughly 58,000 of the suspected non-citizens are believed to have voted in at least one Texas election, and Paxton said his office 'will spare no effort in assisting with these troubling cases.'
Nearly 16 million people in Texas are registered to vote.
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Paxton said his office last year prosecuted 33 people for voter fraud, though it was not immediately clear how many of those cases involved non-citizens.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings, which officials said were the result of...
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