Voter fraud has always been a hot topic. Claims have come up fairly unbacked in recent years. In the 2016 election, Democrats had claimed Russia interfered in the election, despite no evidence existing of vote tampering. More recently, in the midterms, Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes had violated federal law by failing to report the status of ongoing vote tallies, and missing several mandated deadlines. In Georgia, Stacy Abrams accused Governor-elect Brian Kemp of voter fraud and voter suppression, despite no evidence existing to back up the claim.
Now, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Secretary of State has uncovered 95,000 non-citizens occupying voter rolls with 58,000 of whom have voted in prior elections.
According to Fox News, Texas had prosecuted 130 people for voter fraud since 2005, 33 of whom were prosecuted in last year alone. That is a very small fraction of recent findings, implying the problem may be much larger than most would assume looking at arrest records. The vast majority of illegal voting seems to go unreported.
Texas voter ID laws require all voters to present a state or federally issued ID at voting polls, or a bill, check, birth certificate, or bank statement. All of which would require an SSN to acquire.
Ken Paxton said in a statement, “every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice.”
Governor Greg Abbott thanked Attorney General Paxton in a statement on Twitter, and said he “support[s] prosecution where appropriate.”
As these revelations become more common, this new finding will certainly push the need for voter ID laws.
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