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Friday, March 17, 2017

Texas attorney general backs up Trump claim of noncitizens voting at polls

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton supports President Trump’s claim that noncitizens are voting in U.S. elections, saying prosecutors in his own state have won convictions for voter fraud.

“I know it’s an issue because I deal with it,” Mr. Paxton told The Washington Times. “We just got a conviction on an illegal that voted in an election.”

Putting a number on how many illegal votes were cast is difficult, however, because local election officials aren’t looking for that kind of fraud.

“They’re complicit in allowing it to happen,” he said. “I guarantee it is happening — whatever people say.”

Mr. Trump has said millions of illegal votes were cast in the presidential election, distorting the national vote tally in favor of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and has called for an investigation into the matter. In November, Mr. Trump said he would have won the national vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

The claim has been heatedly debated, but Mr. Paxton said voter fraud could reach into the millions.

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