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Texas secretary of state apologizes for debunked claim of 95,000 ‘illegal voters’

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A new conspiracy theory emerged in the conservative echo chamber last month.

Republicans have made many baseless claims about voter fraud in recent years, even though instances of a person impersonating another voter to cast a fraudulent ballot are less common than shark attacks.

But this latest attempt wasn’t from some random corner of the internet.

The claim that as many as 58,000 ballots had been cast by 95,000 “illegal voters” in Texas since 1996 was made by the office of Texas secretary of state David Whitley (R).

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton (R) tweeted out the supposed “VOTER FRAUD ALERT.”

VOTER FRAUD ALERT: The @TXsecofstate discovered approx 95,000 individuals........

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