The maelstrom surrounding the Texas voter registration manager’s exit highlights the frustrations that have emerged since the citizenship review effort launched four weeks ago.
If all 11 senators are on the Senate floor when Whitley’s nomination comes, he doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed.
For the second week in a row, the Senate Nominations Committee failed to bring Whitley up for a vote. And he’s gained a new public adversary: the leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
A top lawyer for the State says Texas did not make any mistakes or impose unconstitutional burdens on certain voters in rolling out its citizenship review.
In a letter sent to lawmakers late Wednesday, David Whitley apologized for the way he launched the review efforts but appears to not be backing down from continuing the review.
Emails between an assistant county attorney and a deputy to Ken Paxton appear to contradict his claim that non-citizen voters aren’t being criminally investigated.
Some lawmakers had fretted that sending the preliminary, faulty list to the state’s top prosecutor would intimidate voters.
At his confirmation hearing, Whitley faced tough questioning from Democrats over his decision to erroneously question the citizenship status of tens of thousands of voters.
The ACLU and others are asking a federal court to block counties from sending notices requiring certain voters to prove their citizenship.
Texas officials flagged 95,000 voters for citizenship reviews. But after thousands have already been cleared, questions are being raised about how they handled the process.