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Texas' Election Chief Apologizes Over Flawed Noncitizen Voter List

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    TX Secretary of State Apologizes Over Flawed Noncitizen List

    Texas' election chief is apologizing over releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted. (Published Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019)

    Texas' election chief has apologized for releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted.

    Texas Secretary of State David Whitley previously refused to acknowledge mistakes in the three weeks since his office gave prosecutors a voter list that included tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who were wrongly flagged.

    But in a letter to lawmakers Wednesday, shared by The Texas Tribune, Whitley said "more time should have been devoted" to vetting the names.

    President Donald Trump seized on the reports out of Texas to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud.

    Lawsuits have been filed claiming the list was an act of voter suppression. Last week when asked how he defined "voter suppression," Whitley said he's heard the term used anecdotally as "an effort to discourage voting ... and that he doesn't think his office has done that."

    The letter comes as Whitley's nomination is in jeopardy. He was appointed by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott  and his Senate confirmation, which was to be held Thursday, has been postponed.

    Whitley needs a two-thirds majority vote from the Senate to be confirmed.

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