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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Lawsuit filed against county for concealing records of noncitizens registered to vote
Hat Tip: karinsue1
The following article appeared in Dennis Michael Lynch on March 30th
By DML News
An election integrity group has filed a lawsuit against a Texas county for concealing records in relation to the presence of non-citizens on voter rolls.
On Thursday, the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a complaint against the Office of the Harris County Voter Registrar in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for its refusal to disclose documents or allow the inspection of its voter rolls to ensure that registrants were removed after it was discovered that they were non-citizens.
“The Foundation seeks a declaration that all of Defendant’s records related to list maintenance, including but not limited to those explicitly requested by the Foundation, are subject to public inspection without encumbrance by any state public disclosure laws and must be preserved for such inspection purposes,” the complaint read. “The Foundation seeks an injunction to compel Defendant Bennett to comply with Subsection 20507(i) through an order commanding her to permit inspection and duplication of all records concerning the maintenance of registration lists.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Harris County voter registration officials previously testified that “thousands” of non-citizens were discovered on their rolls every year and then turned over to the District Attorney for prosecution.
PILF initially requested to review the records of Harris County, which includes the city of Houston, on Dec. 1, 2017, but was ultimately denied access to the documents on Jan. 11.
PILF’s lawsuit is based on Section 8 of the National Voters Registration Act of 1993, which allows individuals to inspect “records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.”
“Harris County has previously admitted a problem with non-citizen registration and voting,” J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel of PILF, said of the lawsuit. “Election officials should be transparent, and in fact are required by federal law to be transparent. Our requests to inspect records will help educate lawmakers and the public alike on how non-citizens are gaining entry into the voting system; how long they remain; how they vote; and what we can do to fix the issue. The question is not if—but how many non-citizens are participating? Harris County cannot expect to get away with avoiding its federal transparency responsibilities.”
In December, PILF threatened another Texas County with a lawsuit for withholding similar records which indicated that non-citizens were registered to vote.
Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, declined PILF’s request to inspect their voter rolls following discovery or admittance of non-citizens that were allegedly removed from the lists.
Ed. What? The Harris County Voter Registrar “refused to allow the inspection of her voter rolls to ensure that registrants were removed after it was discovered that they were non-citizens.”
Seems impossible to believe, doesn't it?