Civil Rights Groups Challenge Texas Voter Purge Targeting Immigrants

HeadlineFeb 07, 2019

In Texas, civil rights groups are suing to block a Republican-led purge of voting rolls they say could see thousands of naturalized citizens wrongfully barred from voting in the next election. Four Texas-based nonprofits say the secretary of state and the Texas Department of Public Safety unlawfully sought to suppress the vote of immigrants by flagging tens of thousands of registered voters who declared they were not U.S. citizens when obtaining a driver’s license. The groups say most—if not all—of those flagged were later naturalized. Chiraag Bains, director of legal strategies at Demos, said, “The Secretary of State … is intentionally targeting new Americans and people of color in order to decrease minority voter participation, in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.”

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