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Oversight Democrats Expand Voting Probe to Texas and Kansas

Mar 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 28, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, took the next steps in their investigation of voter irregularities in multiple states during the 2018 election.

 

Earlier this month, they sent letters examining voting issues in Georgia with letters to the state’s Governor and Secretary of State.  Today, they sent letters to officials in Texas and Kansas requesting documents relating to actions that may have impaired the ability of people in those states to exercise their right to vote.

 

The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating recent efforts by your office to purge voter rolls in Texas,” Cummings and Raskin wrote in a letter to the Acting Secretary of State of Texas.  “We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote.”

“The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the decision to move the only polling site in Dodge City, Kansas—the population of which is 60 percent Latino—outside the city prior to the 2018 election,” the Chairmen wrote in their letter to the Kansas Secretary of State.  “...that the decision to move the polling site last year may have impacted the ability of Dodge City residents to vote in the 2018 election.”

 

In today’s letters, the Chairmen explained that they are investigating:

 

  • Recent efforts by the Texas Secretary of State’s office to purge voter rolls following an advisory from Acting Secretary of State Whitley that claimed that approximately 95,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens—after which numerous problems were identified with the advisory’s data, and a federal court stopped several counties from taking action based on the advisory, concluding that it “created a mess” and was “a solution looking for a problem.”

 

  • The decision by Ford County, Kansas to move the Dodge City polling site from the Civic Center, located within the city, to the Western State Bank Expo, outside the city limits and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.

 

Click here to read today’s letter to Texas Acting Secretary of State David Whitley. 

 

Click here to read today’s letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

 

Click here to read today’s letter to Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

 

Click here to read today’s letter to Kansas Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox.

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