Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Counties NOT Required to Check Potential Non-Citizens

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Counties are not required to investigate and remove potential non-citizens registered to vote in Texas elections.

This week, Director of Elections in the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Keith Ingram confirmed that counties are not statutorily required to act on information sent to them by the SoS. Potentially tens of thousands of non-citizens have been identified by the SoS as registered to vote.

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Set up good for voter roll maintenance

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Last week Secretary of State David Whitley was questioned by members of the Senate Nominations Committee. Much of the hearing was spent focused on list maintenance activities initiated by the SoS in mid-January.

One critique of the effort has been focused on the SoS sending a list of registered voters identified as potentially non-citizens to the Attorney General (AG) for further examination. It’s been suggested and Whitley was asked why the list of 95,000 was sent to the AG before it had been processed by the counties.

The consistent response from the SoS has been that this is a collaborative effort and that the counties and the AG have resources for checking eligibility and acting on that information that the SoS doesn’t have.

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Media Mischaracterizes Whitley’s Confirmation

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When the appointed chief elections officer of the state of Texas won’t play political games with grandstanding senators, it’s safe to say he’s a keeper.

It’s also safe to say, the yellow journalists on 9th have reached shameful levels of lobbying against David Whitley, lobbying that continued after yesterday’s hearing.

Whitley, appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in December to Secretary of State has been working with counties to verify the citizenship status of registered voters. This is a required activity for the Secretary of State to perform.

At a hearing yesterday before the Nominations Committee, Whitley avoided missteps and provided more context for what’s been happening over the last month and year as it regards safeguarding Texas elections.

Just how well did it go?

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5 Takeaways From David Whitley’s Confirmation Hearing

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Secretary of State David Whitley is a competent public servant who managed to answer difficult, at times combative, questions during his confirmation hearing this morning.

Media coverage of the hearing is slanted to fit leftwing narratives, an observation that characterizes most reporting of this process since mid-January. Here five key takeaways sure to be ignored by liberal reporters.

95,000 is a subset
The incoming Secretary in his testimony confirmed that in 2018 a much larger list of potentially illegally registered voters was compiled. Working with a vendor and DPS the SoS worked to lower the undisclosed but much larger number to around 95,000. This more manageable list was released to counties to verify citizenship in January.

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Missing: Vigilance on Election Integrity

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Yesterday, we heard two states of the fill in the blank speeches. Neither mentioned a topic of great concern to Texans and Americans, election integrity.

Both speeches, delivered by Governor Abbott and President Trump respectively were followed by rebuttals from Democrats. Predictably, in both venues, Democrats had strong messages on the topic of elections.

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