Civil rights groups today demanded that the Texas Secretary of State walk back that list of 96,000 'potential non citizen voters' that was released last week, claiming it is already being used by politicians to push for discriminatory new laws, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Beth Stevens with the Texas Civil Rights project says thousands and thousands of names have already been removed from the list, and she calls it 'nothing but propaganda' to push a 'false narrative' that large number of illegal immigrants are voting in Texas elections.
"The state undoubetly knew the flawed nature of this list, and they put out these accusations knowing that," she said.
The list, which was relased last Friday, consisted of people who were not U.S. citizens when they obtained the documentation they later used at the polls to comply with the Texas Voter ID law. The list put up red flags when it claimed that some 58,000 people on the list, including 5100 in Bexar County, have cast votes in Texas elections between 2008 and 2018.
"This is essentially fake news put out by the state of Texas," Stevens said. "They put out wild accusations without any evidence to support it."
Even though many groups, including President Trump in a tweet last weekend, have claimed that this list proves that 'illegal immigrants' are voting in large numbers, nobody on the list was in the U.S. illegaly, because illegal immigrants are not allowed to get driver's licenses, and all of the individuals obtained their license legally from the DPS, which is where the Secretary of State got the information.
The list also covered documents obtained as far back as 1996. 50,000 people are naturalized in the state of Texas each year, and activists say it is probable that the vast majority of the 58,000 obtained U.S. citizenship before voting. In fact, several in depth checks of the list revealed people who were referred to by the wrong name, people who no longer live in Texas, but nobody who can be shown to have cast a vote illegally.
President Trump also tweeted that the list proves that 'Strong Voter ID laws are needed.' Ironically, everybody on the list is there because they obtained documentation to follow the state's 'strong' Voter ID law.
Stevens and other activists are afraid that the list will be used to justify laws to 'purge' voter rolls, as has happened in other states, potentially disenfranchising thousands of U.S. citizens, mainly Hispanics and immigrants.