PURGING THE ROLLS

Texas AG Claims Nearly 60,000 Non-Citizens Voted in State Elections Over Last Two Decades

Texas officials are claiming that 58,000 non-citizens voted in one or more state elections from 1996 onward, according to reports. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which identified these voters, also said there are 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote in the state, NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worth reported. “Texas law allows lawfully present noncitizens to obtain driver’s licenses by showing proof of lawful presence to DPS,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office in a statement, noting it planned to launch an investigation into the voter rolls. “However, only citizens are eligible to vote. And Texas law currently does not require verification of a voter’s statement that they are a citizen.” The Texas AG prosecuted 97 people for alleged voting fraud violations between 2005 and 2017.  Last year, Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit prosecuted 33 people on 97 election fraud violations, NBC 5 notes.