Some Brazos County residents may receive requests to prove their citizenship this week. The local voter registration office said Thursday that those should be disregarded.
Local election officials mailed out “a few” notices to voters who had been flagged by the state for citizenship checks. Brazos County’s elections administrator, Trudy Hancock, didn’t say how many of those letters were put in the mail before state officials began calling counties on Tuesday to alert them that some of the names shouldn’t have been on its list of voters whose citizenship is being questioned.
Hancock said retraction letters will be mailed tomorrow advising those people who received the notices that they should be disregarded.
Those notices give 30 days to provide proof of citizenship through a birth certificate, passport or certificate of naturalization. Voters who didn’t respond would have had their voter registration cancelled.
The secretary of state’s office announced Friday that it had flagged approximately 95,000 registered voters for citizenship checks. In an advisory, the state said those people had provided some form of documentation that showed they were not citizens when they obtained a driver’s license or ID card, and their names appeared on the voter rolls. That number had increased to 98,000 on Monday.
About 58,000 of those people voted in one or more elections between 1996 and 2018, according to the secretary of state’s office. Counties were recommended to check the eligibility of the flagged individuals, which would involve sending them the notices asking for proof of citizenship. Brazos County was provided with a list of 570 names to check.
Those names are still being reviewed, and could change.