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Texas settles lawsuit over bungled search for illegal votes

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Friday, April 26 2019 Apr 26, 2019 April 26, 2019 2:25 PM April 26, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas has settled a federal lawsuit over the state's bungled search for non-citizens among the state's 16 million registered voters.

The agreement announced Friday ends an effort by Texas elections officials that led to the state wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of tens of thousands of voters.

Texas will also pay $450,000 to civil rights groups that sued after the state announced in January that it had identified nearly 100,000 people who were potentially ineligible to vote.

President Donald Trump seized on the reports out of Texas to renew his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.

But the data used by the state was deeply flawed and failed to exclude scores of naturalized U.S. citizens. A federal judge called the state's effort a "solution looking for a problem."

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