by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that about 95,000 non-U.S. citizens had registered to vote in Texas and that nearly 58,000 of those individuals had voted in one or more Texas elections. …
… The New York Times, though, downplayed the significance of Friday’s news, noting that “more than 8.3 million people voted in the Texas governor’s race last year, which means that even if all 58,000 people who voted were, in fact, found to be noncitizens and voted in 2018 — a claim that no state official has made — they would have amounted to only 0.69 percent of all votes that were cast.”
That’s one way to put it—if you want to obscure the significance of 58,000 fraudulent votes! After all, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in Florida by a mere 537 votes to become our 43rd president.
Critics are also attempting to spin Paxton’s announcement by painting Texas’ efforts to clean up the voting rolls as an effort in voter suppression. For instance, Kristen Clarke, the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told The New York Times that “Texas has a rich history of undertaking action to make it harder for people to vote.” “Whenever you’re invoking the threat of criminal prosecution,” she added, “the chilling effect becomes almost unavoidable.”
But there should be a chilling effect on those who would vote illegally. …
… More must be done, and not just in Texas, because every time a non-citizen votes he cancels out an American citizen’s vote. Yet left-leaning states refuse to pass or implement laws necessary to protect the integrity of our elections, discounting the reality and scope of voter fraud and claiming such laws will disenfranchise citizens.
But Paxton’s press release from last week disproves both claims: First, there is concrete evidence of substantial voter fraud. Second, the procedure the Texas secretary of state used provides a blueprint for other statesto ensure that only non-citizens will be caught in the net.