Elijah Cummings Extends Voting Rights Probe to Texas and Kansas
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, requested documents from Texas and Kansas officials inquiring about voter irregularities. The Texas document requests were addressed to the state’s Acting Secretary of State David Whitley and Texas AG Ken Paxton, and dealt with recent efforts by the state to purge voter rolls following a claim that approximately 95,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens. Numerous problems were identified with the data, and a federal court stopped several counties from taking action based on the advisory, concluding that it “created a mess” and was “a solution looking for a problem.” The letters to Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab and Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox requested documents on the decision by Ford County to move the Dodge City polling site from the Civic Center -- located within the city and in a minority-heavy district -- to the Western State Bank Expo, outside the city limits and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop. The letters, which Cummings sent with Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) -- who leads the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties -- ask the states to respond by April 11th. Regular Beat readers will recall that last month, Cummings sent letters to Georgia’s Governor and Secretary of State requesting documents as part of the Committee’s examination of allegations of voter suppression in the state. More here.