House Democrats Open Inquiry Into Texas Voter Purge

Barbara Schwarz
March 29, 2019 - 7:38 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight & Reform, and Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties have sent letters investigating efforts to purge voter rolls in Texas. 

In a letter to the acting secretary of state, they wrote "We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote."

Texas had claimed about 95,000 registered voters may not have been U.S. citizens.  That claim was later debunked.

A federal court stopped several counties from taking action, concluding that it  "created a mess" and was "a solution looking for a problem."

SMU political scientist Cal Jillson says the attempted purge was a result of conservative ideology from the president on down, that claimed hundreds of thousand of illegal votes are being cast in American elections.  "That is vastly overblown.  The number of actual identifiable cases of illegal voting you can count on one hand, in Texas and elsewhere."

He says he's surprised democrats in congress got involved, but adds "somebody needs to push Texas authorities to clean up the mess they've  created."