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June 10, 2019 1:53 p.m.

Voting Rights: Did Texas’ Voter Purge Effort Come From The Governor Himself?

New documents released by the groups that challenged Texas’ shoddy effort to purge alleged noncitizens from the rolls revealed that one of the agencies behind that effort felt pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to move forward with the botched data project. Abbott’s office is denying his involvement, despite multiple 2017 emails from officials in the agency, the Department of Public Safety, describing the project as an “urgent” request from him. Even though Texas reached a settlement with groups — in which the state retracted its claims about the number of noncitizens it had identified and narrowed its approach to its investigation — state officials are still suggesting that the state has open criminal inquiries related to it. They are citing that justification when blocking public document requests about the original list. The trial court judge in the census citizenship case is taking seriously claims that two witnesses provided false testimony about the Trump administration’s process of getting the question…

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