Date of Release or Mention:Thursday, February 21, 2019
The League of Women Voters of Texas joined with many other organizations today requesting the Senate Democrat Caucus block the nomination of the Secretary of State David Whitley. We hope that Republican senators also reject his nomination.
The Secretary of State has an incredibly important job as the Chief Election Officer for Texas. His job is to assist county election officials and ensure the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas.
The League is taking this unusual action of opposing a nomination because Whitley has not rescinded the advisory stopping the voter purge of naturalized citizens.
Mr. Whitley issued the advisory and press release on January 25, 2019 that falsely insinuated that 95,000 non-citizen Texans were unlawfully on the voter rolls and that 58,000 non-citizen Texans had, in fact, voted. He shared that list of Texas residents with the Attorney General for a criminal investigation and possible prosecution, and advised Texas counties to take steps towards purging these persons from the voter rolls. This action is discriminatory and unjustly targets people of color. Moves like this only serve to depress voter turnout and participation unnecessarily.
The League's lawsuit against the Secretary of State continues. The League of Women Voters of Texas envisions a democracy where every citizen has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. We will not let voters be intimidated.
Thank you for standing with the League to fight voter suppression in all its forms.
League to which this content belongs:Texas