Texas Secretary Of State Resigns Following A Failed Voter Purge
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigned on Monday, after mistakenly targeting close to 100,000 suspected non-citizen voters in January, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Whitley, who was appointed in December, demanded hundreds of thousands of Texas residents be removed from the voter rolls after a campaign mistakenly identified them as non-citizens.
The former Secretary of State’s proposal was taken by Trump and other top Republicans as evidence of voter fraud.
The failed campaign prompted 12 Democratic State Senators to block his confirmation, which had to be finalized on Monday in order for Whitley to keep his job.
“Working alongside the employees in the secretary of state’s office, county election officials, and representatives of our #1 trading partner, Mexico, has been my distinct honor and privilege,” Whitley wrote after the announcement.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott must now name a replacement, who won’t be confirmed until the next legislative session beings in 2021 -- after the 2020 elections.
The state stopped the voter inquiry in April, after settling a related lawsuit brought by civil rights groups.
“Democrats were united in their concern about the actions that Mr. Whitley took and that hurt a lot of voters and naturalized citizens,” said State Senator José Rodríguez, who added that the next appointee must learn from Whitley’s mistakes.