|Make no mistake, the report issued late last Friday by the Texas Secretary of State alleging that thousands of non-citizens cast ballots in past Texas elections is a Trump-like effort to stir racial animosity against Latino and other minority Texans. Just a cursory review has exposed thousands of errors. The Secretary of State failed to even consider the thousands of Texas residents who are naturalized as American citizens each year and refuses to detail its methodology or reasons for publicizing the list now.|
Since the release of the Secretary of State’s report, local election officials have exposed it as badly flawed and inaccurate. In McClennan County (Waco) the list is 100 percent wrong. All 366 of the names listed as non-citizen voters are citizens and eligible to vote. Yet, the Secretary of State has refused to correct or recall the faulty report, instead letting it circulate and amplify false fears.
Key media outlets have raised appropriate questions about the report, but Texas GOP leaders are counting on their extremist Trump Party Republican base hearing the charges and ignoring details. Of course, Donald Trump himself wasted no time including the flawed report in a tweet meant to stir racial animosity.