The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed what is expected to be the first of several lawsuits challenging that 'list of potential non citizen voters' released last month by the Texas Secretary of State's Office, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The list included the names of some 98,000 Texans who were not U.S. citizens when they obtained the documentation, generally a driver's license, that is required to be in accordance with the Texas Voter ID law. The list claims some 56,000 of these individuals have cast ballots in at least one election in Texas between 2008 and 2015.
5100 of them cast ballots in Bexar County.
The Secretary of State's office is encouraging local elections officials to investigate the individuals, and insure that they are citizens and are legally entitled to vote in Texas.
The MALDEF lawsuit claims the request is a violation of their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection, because it requires certain people to take more steps than others to prove they are entitled to the right to vote.
Several officials have encouraged the Secretary of State to withdraw the list entirely, and an increasing number of people who are on the list, including several who are listed as plaintiffs in the MALDEF lawsuit, have come forward to say they have been told their names were placed on the list 'improperly.'
The ACLU and LULAC are also planning lawsuits seeking to have the list withdrawn. Some have said it is an attempt to conduct a 'purge' of minority voters in Texas, something that has been seen in other states.
The list simply states that the individuals were not U.S. citizens when they obtain their driver's licenses. It does not indicate that large number of illegal immigrants are voting in Texas, as President Trump claimed, because illegal immigrants cannot legally obtain Texas driver's license, and the Secretary of State's report, which was compiled in conjunction with the DPS, does not allege that any of the drivers' licenses were obtained illegally.
Since the 98,000 individuals were in Texas legally, on student or work visas, MALDEF said it is logical to assume that the vast majority of them have since become naturalized U.S. citizens. the obtaining of documents dates back to 1996, and an estimated 50,000 people become naturalized U.S. citizens in Texas each year. That means roughly 1 million people have become legal U.S. citizens in Texas since the records began, far more than the number of people on the list.