Voter Fraud Discovered in Texas: 95,000 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote
Attorney General Ken Paxton reveals 58,000 illegal votes have been cast in Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that his office has uncovered mass voter fraud in the state, with 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls, and 58,000 having voted in at least one election.
Paxton issued a "VOTER FRAUD ALERT" in which he revealed that thousands of non-citizens have been discovered on voter rolls going back to 1996.
Due to the gravity of the discovery, the announcement is likely to raise fresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud in the United States.
AG Paxton announced the bombshell discovery on Twitter, declaring that "Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice."
Texas has some of the toughest voter ID laws in the US and has long been one of the main battlegrounds in the Republican-led fight against alleged voter fraud.
The attorney's general's office said in a statement that 33 people were prosecuted for voter fraud last year, and 97 were prosecuted between 2005-17.
Texas has a total of 16 million people who are registered to vote.
“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” Paxton said in an official statement.
The New York Times reported that the findings were a result of an 11-month investigation into records at the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings and hinted at future legislation to crack down on voter fraud.
Thanks to Attorney General Paxton and the Secretary of State for uncovering and investigating this illegal vote registration. I support prosecution where appropriate. The State will work on legislation to safeguard against these illegal practices. #txlege #tcot https://t.co/UwtyXijVwK— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 25, 2019
"I support prosecution where appropriate. The State will work on legislation to safeguard against these illegal practices," Abbott tweeted.
According to Fox News, the revelation is likely to have national consequences and stir debate and the role of voter fraud.
President Trump created a commission in 2017 to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 election. But it was eventually dismantled by Trump after the group faced lawsuits, opposition from states and in-fighting among its members.
Trump said at the time that Democrats refused to hand over data “because they know that many people are voting illegally.”
Democrats have dismissed claims of voter fraud and accused Republicans of trying to disenfranchise minority voters with tight voter ID laws.
Dallas state Rep. Rafael Anchia told The Associated Press that "because we have consistently seen Texas politicians conjure the specter of voter fraud as pretext to suppress legitimate votes, we are naturally skeptical."
Paxton’s office noted that there have been a number of convictions of voter fraud in the state in recent years, including a charge against a non-citizen this month for illegal voting in Navarro County.