Texas can’t change voters’ registration without notice

This statement comes from a court ruling on the state’s process for flagging non-pure voters. The ruling does not allow Texas to revoke the registration without notice.

On November 8, residents of Texas will head to the polls to cast their votes in several high-profile races, including the race for governor.

Incumbent Greg Abbott, a Republican, is taking on Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. Other seats on the ballot include the governor, attorney general, steward, land commissioner and agriculture commissioner, all of whom serve four-year terms.

With the voter registration deadline approaching on October 11, one TikToker went viral advising Texans to check and double-check their voter registration status. The poster claims a recent court ruling makes it possible for the state to pull voter registration for anyone the state deems a non-citizen.

“If you’re in Texas, you need to check your voter registration every day until you vote because of course the Texas appellate judge just said they can keep the list of people they don’t think they can. are citizens and cannot vote,” said TikToker. “And they didn’t say who was on that list. If they ‘think’ you are a non-public person, they can withhold you and your vote will not be counted. ”

VERIFY viewer Kimberly also asked us if it’s true that the state of Texas is revoking people’s voter registration without letting them know.

QUESTION

Is the state of Texas revoking people’s voter registration without notifying them?

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ANSWER

This is wrong.

No, the state of Texas will not revoke anyone’s voter registration without telling them.

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WHAT WE FIND

The court ruling that TikToker mentioned dealt with non-pure voters, but it did not allow the state to revoke people’s registration without notice.

Before we get into the details of the ruling, it’s important to understand the state’s process for flagging non-voter voters and those authorized to vote in the state of Texas.

To vote in Texas or any other state election, you must be a citizen of the United States and be 18 years of age or older on Election Day. A complete list of eligibility requirements is available here.

According to Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the Texas secretary of state, who heads the state’s elections, the process for determining eligibility works as follows:

  • If a person registers to vote, then goes to the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver’s License office and indicates they are not a U.S. citizen, their registration will be flagged for the county registrar of voters in which they are registered.
  • The county will then send notice to the voter, by mail, that his or her registration has been flagged for potential non-U.S. citizens and that he or she has 30 days to respond to the voter registrar. of the county with proof of U.S. citizenship. If the person does not respond within 30 days, voter registration will be forfeited.

“However, voter registration can be restored immediately, including at the polling place, if the voter provides proof of US citizenship,” Taylor said in an email to CONFIRM.

Under the Texas Election Code, a person who needs proof of citizenship may provide a notarized copy of a voter’s birth certificate, a U.S. passport, or a certificate of naturalization to register to vote again if they are disqualified. register.

Texas is required to notify those who have been flagged as noncitizens under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which sets out voter registration principles and requirements across the country. USA

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Now, to explain the details behind the court ruling.

Earlier this year, a coalition of civil rights groups sued the state after it refused to provide a list of more than 11,000 people the state said were identified as noncitizens and insufficient, according to court filings. voting conditions. The goal of the lawsuit is to ensure that the state complies with the NVRA and that everyone on that list is actually ineligible to vote.

The groups asked the Secretary of State for data about each individual, including the date the person registered to vote, the date their driver’s license was issued and voting history.

The state denied the request, saying that releasing the list violated privacy laws. In August, a district court judge sided with civil rights groups, saying the state must release the records.

However, the appeals court overturned that decision on September 29, saying that the organizations named in the original case did not have the right to sue the state in the first place, and therefore the state did not have to disclose it. list.

That doesn’t mean every voter in Texas needs to check their registration status regularly to see if they’re labeled as non-citizens, as TikToker has stated. We can CONFIRM the court ruling is about publishing a list, not about how states flag who can and cannot register to vote or be registered to vote.

In Texas, the deadline to register to vote in the November 8 election is October 11. Texas voters can check their registration status online through the Secretary of State at this link. this.

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