Approximately 95K registered voters may be non-citizens, and around 58K of those individuals have voted in at least one election since 1996, according to an analysis conducted by the Secretary of State’s office. It is unclear how many of the 95K are actually ineligible to participate in the state’s elections.
Working with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, the Secretary of State’s office compared individuals identified as non-citizens in connection with obtaining a Texas driver license or personal identification card to the voter registration record. The analysis relied on records provided by applicants for those credentials that indicated they were not U.S. citizens.
In a statement, Secretary of State David Whitley said his office “is committed to using all available tools under the law to maintain an accurate list of registered voters.” Going forward, his office will obtain data on a monthly basis from DPS and cross-reference it with the statewide voter registration database.
Section 11.002(a)(2), Election Code provides that a qualified voter must be a U.S. citizen. Under Section 64.012, Election Code, it is a second degree felony to vote or attempt to vote in an election in which the person knows he or she is not eligible to vote.
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