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Texas elections chief sorry for fake news about 95,000 "illegal" voters, still wants purge

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16.02.2019

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley apologized to lawmakers for his rollout of an erroneous list of 95,000 “illegal voters” after his confirmation came into doubt. But Whitley is still backing the effort to dubiously purge the state’s voter rolls.

Last month, Whitley’s office claimed that 95,000 voters were wrongly registered to vote and that 58,000 of those people had voted illegally between 1996 and 2018. The claim was amplified by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and President Trump. Days later, Whitley’s office began to send out notices to local officials making clear that many of the names on the list did not belong there.

Whitley, whose confirmation for the job has become uncertain, issued an apology for the way the rollout of the list was handled but doubled down on his commitment to purge the voter rolls.

In the letter obtained by The Texas Tribune, Whitley defended the effort and did not admit that his office made a mistake in sending lists of voters to counties despite knowing it included naturalized citizens. But he........

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