Texas Democrats had a very strong performance during the 2018 mid-term elections. While Beto O’Rourke failed to win a Senate seat, Democrats picked up two congressional seats and numerous judgeships.
This week, the office of the Texas Secretary of State tagged 95,000 voter names for citizen checks. President Donald Trump is now using the voter checks to falsely claim rampant fraud took place during the 2018 elections.
Trump tweeted this morning, “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
The Texas Tribune has been quick to point out Trump’s falsehoods. The paper responded to the president, “his is not true. We do not know yet if 58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas. The secretary of state’s office in Texas has not made this claim.”
The 95,000 people flagged were not US citizens when they initially acquired their driver’s licenses or ID cards. Since then, 58,000 of the 95,000 have voted in an election. These actions, however, took place between 1996 and 2018, a 22 year time period.
There is no evidence that any of these people illegally voted in 2018. Over the 22 year time period, the alleged illegal voters could have become US citizens.
Each county has been sent a list of affected people that live in their area. It will be up to the county whether or not to investigate the claims. Republican Texas officials have promised to get to the bottom of the situation.
Chris Davis, the head of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators preached patience. “But without additional verification, you can’t say these individuals all engaged in illegal voting,” Davis said. “People get naturalized. It’s entirely too early to say that.”
While Trump has seized on the opportunity to claim voter fraud, the reality of the situation is not yet known.