According to two far-left “accountability watchdogs,” attempts by the state of Texas to verify whether 95,000 non-citizens illegally participated in elections past are discriminatory and racist.
In a lawsuit filed last Friday, the far-left Campaign Legal Center and League of United Latin American Citizens accused Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of violating the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.
— Campaign Legal Center (@CampaignLegal) February 1, 2019
The radically far-left organizations’ beef stems from the discovery last month that since 1996, at least 95,000 non-citizens have registered to vote. And of those 95k, an estimated 58,000 have voted.
What remains unclear is how many of those 95,000 are still non-citizens, and how many of the 58,000 voted illegally. The possibility exists that some of them of them registered to vote as non-citizens, later became naturalized citizens and then voted legally, which would be fine.
So as to determine the correct numbers, the Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly submitted the list of 95,000 possible non-citizens to local counties across the state and asked that they investigate further and have the 95,000 provide proof of citizenship.
VOTER FRAUD ALERT: The @TXsecofstate discovered approx 95,000 individuals identified by DPS as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in TX, approx 58,000 of whom have voted in TX elections. Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice.
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 25, 2019
The Campaign Legal Center and League of United Latin American Citizens claim that this request is discriminatory and racist, as it allegedly intimidates “eligible naturalized voters.”
“The filing says that Texas’s proof of citizenship requirement for newly naturalized citizens is discriminatory and an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, violating the 1st and 14th Amendments,” the center said in a press release.
“We know that democracy works best when all citizens can vote without barriers,” the center’s vice president, Paul Smith, added. “Texas designed this unlawful ‘search and purge’ mission to intimidate legitimately registered voters. The court should step in and protect the rights of Texas citizens.”
But note how the center spoke of “newly naturalized citizens.” What evidence does it have that all 95,000 alleged non-citizens are naturalized citizens? Does it have any at all?
As evidence, the center cited one — just one — of the people on the list, Julie Hilberg, who became a naturalized citizen in 2015 and is now irate that she’s having to prove her citizenship.
“When I became a naturalized citizen in 2015, I never thought that today in 2019, my home state would put my voting rights in jeopardy and question my right to participate in elections,” Hilberg, who’s the third plaintiff in the case against Whitley and Paxton, complained.
It’s unclear why the left-wing organizations think she represents all 95,000 possible non-citizens.
What’s clear is that plenty of folks are unimpressed by her complaints:
Oh look, a single person on a routine process to keep the voter rolls clean & up to date. Don’t think the lawsuit will prevail to be more than a waste of time & money, other than a bit of pointless grandstanding.
— Tim (@WrightTimothyj) February 2, 2019
Why wouldn’t she be glad the rolls were checked, show proof of citizenship and register?
— Texan_Barbara (@SouthTX_) February 3, 2019
Nice diversion. Claim fake outrage about the accuracy of the lists and hide the fact that illegals ARE disenfranchising citizens by cancelling out their votes. Why arent the county elections officials reviewing eligibility monthly? Pretending, they arent here like the IRS does?
— Willytstweeter (@willytstweeter) February 2, 2019
So they “checked” and she’s going to sue. Foolish
— MsTexasRash⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@rash_jo) February 2, 2019
They could simply register again.
— Texan_Barbara (@SouthTX_) February 3, 2019
Whether or not the lawsuit will be successful remains unclear, though it should be noted that six years ago the Supreme Court ruled that states may not force those who register to vote via federal register forms to provide proof of citizenship. States may however still force proof of citizenship to be provided in cases where one is simply registering to vote in state elections.
But by the same token, this isn’t a case of people trying to register to vote. It’s a case of people who registered to vote as non-citizens — that’s a fact — and whom the Texas government are trying to make certain never abused their registration to vote illegally in an election.
Note also that efforts are being made in Congress to make proof of citizenship a mandatory requirement across all states.
“This is a matter of protecting the integrity of our elections,” Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, a Republican, said in a statement last September as he announced new legislation that would require would-be voters to show show of citizenship when they register to vote.
“We have made substantial investments in protecting our voting systems from foreign influence or corruption. It is time to take steps to stop illegal voting before it happens, rather than dealing with the consequences after the fact.”
But for some reason the far-leftists who kvetch daily about Russia’s alleged meddling in the United States’ elections have no interest in investigating the 1,000+ examples of voter fraud and malfeasance that occur every election season and even happened during the 2018 midterms three months ago.
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