Texas Sec. of State Apologizes for Inaccuracy of Voter Fraud Report
In late January, the Texas Secretary of State claimed that up to 58,000 non-citizens may have voted in US elections. Buried in the headline was the fact that many of the counted could have become citizens long before they placed their vote.
And now it looks like that is exactly what happened. Tens of thousands of the people on the list had become citizens. Yesterday, Secretary of State, David Whitley, released a subtle apology for not fully vetting the names.
Whitley’s apology read in part, “I recognize this caused some confusion about our intentions, which were at all times aimed at maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the voter rolls. To the extent my actions missed that mark, I apologize.”
While the report was initially met with skepticism, Whitley repeatedly claimed that it was valid. The apology was made as Whitley is now facing an up in the air confirmation bid.
When it was released, Donald Trump jumped all over the report as confirmation of his frequent claims of voter fraud. The president tweeted. “58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID.”
58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019
Despite the apology, Whitley’s mistake may end up costing him his job. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is unlikely to apologize for his misguided claims. The White House has yet to release a statement on the correction of the report.