Dallas, TX – As the process to ensure ballot integrity evolves, the Texas Secretary of State’s Advisory on Voter Registration List Maintenance initially identified 9,938 non-U.S. citizens as registered to vote in Dallas County since 1996, revising the figure to 8,223 as registered to vote with 6,260 having voted in elections. The Dallas County Republican Party calls on the Dallas County Elections Department to support a full review and active investigation of the 8,223 to 9,938 non-U.S. citizens that registered to vote in Dallas County to determine what elections up to 6,260 non-citizens voted prior to becoming a U.S. citizen or voted without ever having become a citizen.
Registering to vote in the United States while not a U.S. Citizen is a crime. Texas clearly states this on voter application materials where people sign, “I understand that giving false information to procure voter registration is perjury, and a crime under state and federal law. Conviction of this crime may result in imprisonment up to 180 days, a fine up to $2,000, or both...affirm before signing (bullet 1) I am a resident of this county and a U.S. Citizen.”
Dallas County Republican Party Chairwoman Missy Shorey states, “Dallas County reportedly has 8,223 to 9,938 non-U.S. citizens on Dallas County voter rolls - this is a serious concern that demands attention. Registering to vote in the U.S. when you are not a U.S. citizen is a crime plain and simple. Voting in elections, when you are not a U.S. Citizen is a serious crime that undermines the integrity of Dallas County elections that threatens our entire democracy. Dallas County Republicans have zero tolerance for illegal voting and we urge elections officials to work in partnership with the Texas Secretary of State to uphold election integrity where only U.S. Citizens are on Dallas County voter rolls.”
Chairwoman Shorey continues, “Don’t let the debate over initial data deter you, this is an important research effort that comes down to four fundamental focus factors: 1) Determine which people registered to vote in Dallas County while not U.S. Citizens. 2) Determine which elections they voted prior to becoming U.S. Citizens or while not ever becoming U.S. citizens. 3) Remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls in Dallas County. 4) Work in full cooperation and transparency with the Texas Secretary of State and Texas Attorney General’s offices in order to defend democracy in Dallas County and the Lone Star State. In the spirit of partnership, we call on the Dallas County Elections Department to carry out this rigorous review that has the power to enhance trust in our elections system and stand as a positive example for other counties.”
“Having non-U.S. citizens on the voter rolls is a significant blow to election integrity, which already suffers from hundreds, if not thousands of fraudulent mail-in ballots believed to be cast in Dallas County each election cycle,” says Shorey. “Even a small number of votes can impact an election. For example, Republican Kenneth Sheets lost by 836 votes in the 2016 Texas House District 107 race. How many votes in HD-107 were fraudulent or ineligible?”
Per the Texas Secretary of State advisory, the Dallas County Elections Office can clarify status of the thousands of individuals in question by requesting a form of identification such as: certified copy of voter's birth certificate; United States passport; Certificate of naturalization.