State officials conceded that at least a quarter of a list of nearly 100,000 Texas voters flagged for citizenship review should never have been questioned. That’s because Texans have to present documentation, either as a citizen or as a legal permanent resident, to receive an identification card from the state. Following this process, voters who registered at DPS would have demonstrated their citizenship status.
After the State’s concession, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said: “I wish all of this could’ve been done back as the original effort.” The Judge told several counties that at this time, they may not purge registered voters or send them letters demanding proof of citizenship. However, that order does not apply to 200 other counties involved in a separate suit.
However, “we expect all the counties are watching these proceedings,” said Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, one of the groups suing Texas and several counties. Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune has the complete story. More: