Latino Group Sues To Stop Texas From Scrubbing Voter Rolls

LULAC | 1/29/2019 | Staff
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AUSTIN, Texas ― The League of United Latin American Citizens filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to bar the state of Texas from moving forward with probe that would question the citizenship of nearly 100,000 of the state’s registered voters.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, alleges that Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Attorney General Ken Paxton are violating the Voting Rights Act by attempting to intimidate voters from exercising their suffrage rights. The complaint asks the court to invalidate the probe and bar the two officials from attempting to move forward with it.

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“It shows how much racism and discrimination exists here in Texas,” LULAC’s attorney Luis Vera Jr., told HuffPost. “They didn’t verify anything ― they didn’t even try.”

“We look forward to appearing in court to defend Texas’ right to limit the state’s voting registration rolls to those actually eligible to vote,” Marc Rylander, communications director for the Texas Attorney General’s office, said in a statement.

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On Friday, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that it had identified some 95,000 registered voters as potential non-citizens, including about 58,000 who had cast a ballot over the last decade. The office then began disbursing the list to county registrars, who will ultimately decide whether to issue letters to those voters that would give them 30 days to prove their citizenship or have their registrations revoked.

Paxton trumpeted Friday’s news on Twitter, prefaced with the words “VOTER FRAUD ALERT,” in all caps. President Donald Trump gave the allegations further attention Sunday.

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But legal and advocacy groups protested the allegations, which derived primarily from crosschecks with records maintained by the state’s Department of Public Safety, which issues driver’s licenses and identification cards. Applicants have to show proof of citizenship when they apply for such documents, but don’t need to check...
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