Civil Rights Organizations Sue Texas Over Voter Purges

by | Feb 9, 2022 | News, Voting

The voter suppression bill Senate Bill 1 has prompted another lawsuit, this one concerning an ignored request from the Texas Secretary of State over voter purges.

Last week a group of civil rights organizations including the ACLU and MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) filed a lawsuit with a U.S. District Court alleging that the Texas Secretary of State’s office has failed to produce documents relating to voter audits meant to ensure non-citizens are not voting, a provision of SB 1.

The request for those documents began last August. According to ABC 13, over 11,000 Texans have been identified as potentially non-citizens with these voter purges.

“Texas can’t shirk its obligations under federal law to release information about its new voter purge program,” said Ashley Harris, attorney at the ACLU of Texas, in a statement. “The public deserves to know why Texas continues to falsely flag U.S. citizens for removal from the voter rolls.”

Last year, Governor Greg Abbott appointed attorney John Scott as the Secretary of State of Texas, after Ruth Hughs announced she was leaving the office. Scott was part of a legal team working for Donald Trump as he was contesting the results of the Pennsylvania election (which Joe Biden won).

In 2019, immigrant and civil rights organizations successfully sued Texas over an attempted voter purge of over 90,000 Texans, many of whom had been recently naturalized. That attempted effort resulted in the Texas Secretary of State at the time, David Whitley, to resign.  

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