The Texas Democratic Party reportedly asked non-citizens to register to vote and sent applications to immigrants that pre-checked the citizenship box as “yes,” according to complaints filed on Thursday.
“The Public Interest Legal Foundation [PILF] alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing,” The Washington Times reported. “The Texas secretary of state’s office said it, too, had gotten complaints both from immigrants and from relatives of dead people who said they got mailings asking them to register.”
“This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle,” said PILF spokesman Logan Churchwell.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the report by saying that there will be “serious consequences” if the allegations are true.
“A complaint says the Texas Democratic Party asked noncitizens to register to vote, sending applications with citizenship box pre-checked,” Abbott said in a tweet. “This is being investigated. If true there will be serious consequences.”
The applications were reportedly pre-addressed to election officials and included a return address that said the application was from the State Democratic Executive Committee. The return address matched the state’s Democratic Party headquarters in Austin. The Times adds:
The letter is emblazoned with “Urgent! Your voter registration deadline is October 9.” It continues: “Your voter registration application is inside. Complete, sign and return it today!”
On the application, boxes affirming the applicant is both 18 and a U.S. citizen are already checked with an “X” in the Yes field.
The mailing also urges those who are unsure if they’re registered to “Mail it in.”
PILF sent complaints to two counties in Texas with copies of pre-marked voter applications and asked for officials to conduct an investigation.
The report comes as the November 2018 midterms are less than three months away and as election integrity has been in the spotlight in recent months.
A report from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) in August found “170 registered voters listed as being over 116 years old [that] still existed on the [voter] rolls” in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District.
A separate report from August found that there were “twice as many ballots as the number of registered voters were cast in a northeastern Georgia precinct during the state’s primary elections in May.”
A report from political experts at Old Dominion University in January 2017 “estimated of the believed 20 million non-citizen adults living in the U.S., approximately 6.4% illegally voted in 2016, which equates to more than 1.2 million illegally cast votes.”