Settlement reached in lawsuit over Texas Secretary of State’s ‘non-citizen’ voter list

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A settlement has been reached between a group of civil rights organizations and Texas state officials in a lawsuit challenging the creation and distribution of a flawed voter purge list distributed by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU Voting Rights Project, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law all came together to file the lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley claiming the list discriminated against naturalized citizens.

“After months of litigation, the state has finally agreed to do what we’ve demanded from the start — a complete withdrawal of the flawed and discriminatory voter purge list, bringing this failed experiment in voter suppression to an end,” said Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas.

According to a press release from the ACLU of Texas, the state will discard its original list and “purge” effort. It has agreed to a revised voter database maintenance process that is more limited. The state has also agreed to provide transparency regarding the implementation of the process.

“I want to thank the Texas Legislature, county election officials from across the state, and the parties in this litigation for working with our office to develop a sustainable non-citizen list maintenance process,” Secretary of State Whitley said. “From the beginning, this process was designed to be collaborative, and today’s agreement reflects a constructive collaboration among all stakeholders.”

The ACLU has stated that it reserves the right to bring another lawsuit against the state if it feels the new voter list continues to discriminate.

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