A Texas county could face a federal lawsuit if they continue to deny access to voter registration records after concealing the fact that non-citizens were on its voter rolls.
Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, is one of the most populated counties in the United States. According to the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a group that litigates to protect election integrity, a notice was sent to Bexar’s election administrator after the county declined an initial request following the discovery or admittance of noncitizens that were removed from their voter rolls in mid-December, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon.
“It is our hope that the County will work quickly to provide for inspection the [sic] all of the records previously requested. If not, according to federal law, a lawsuit under the NVRA may be filed within 90 days after the failure to permit inspection or failure to provide the documents. 52 U.S.C. § 20510(b),” the notice reads.
PILF is requesting the information under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, which allows individuals to request “records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.”
The Virginia House of Delegates tiebreaker on Wednesday illustrates why voter rolls should be properly maintained — there is no margin of error.
“This is a discussion that the organized left does not want to have. On the one hand, we have election integrity concerns for citizens seeing their votes cancelled by unlawful ones,” said Logan Churchwell, communications and research director for PILF. “We live in a post Virginia 94th world now—the margin for error is truly zero. Further, the unwillingness to open the books on noncitizen registration records only preserves the faulty Motor Voter procedures that trap many unwitting immigrants legally accessing public services in the first place.”
Churchwell went on to say, “An unlawful registration is bad and a vote is worse. All are preventable. Anyone feeling the need to downplay this issue should share their commentary for the deportation hearing of a Green Card holder who was handed a voter application by a bureaucrat.”
PILF previously discovered 5,550 noncitizen voters that were quietly removed from Virginia’s voter rolls and discovered 141 counties across the country that had more registered voters than residents.
The group warned the Pennsylvania Department of State in early December that it could face a lawsuit for allegedly stonewalling similar requests for records of noncitizens on the state’s voter rolls.