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Hundreds of Texans may have voted illegally, according to reports


Hundreds of people in Texas were able to vote illegally by signing a sworn statement rather than a photo ID, according to The Associated Press.

Texas law requires voters to show one of seven forms of identification to vote. The law was softened in August, allowing people to sign an affidavit instead. But if they had any of the forms of ID, they had to show that as well. 

President Trump, who won Texas, insists without evidence that millions of people voted illegally.

Did not want to 'pander' to government requirement.
Affidavit from Hidalgo County

The AP analysis found at least 500 instances where voters signed an affidavit and never showed a photo ID, despite showing that they owned one. 

Some used the affidavits to protest the law. 

It's not clear who the votes were cast for. Trump won Texas by more than 800,000 votes, so the disputed votes wouldn't have changed the outcome.

Those who deliberately did not show a photo ID will be  turned over to the district attorney, Stephen Vickers told AP. Vickers is the chief deputy elections administrator for Tarrant County. 

"If they tried to use the affidavit to get around the system, yeah, I see that as a violation."

Gov. Greg Abbott said he'd "continue our fight" to stop voter fraud.

The Associated Press reports that similarly questionable affidavits were identified in more than 20 counties throughout the state of Texas. In Travis County, Texas, 70 cases were identified out of about 2,300 affidavits. 

John Oldham, who serves as Fort Bend County's elections chief, said these cases can't be considered voter fraud because people still have to be registered to obtain an affidavit to sign. Texas adopted the affidavit process after an appeals court ruled that the voter ID law discriminated against minorities.

The affidavit process was meant to help those who couldn't obtain an ID for various reasons. Still, some like Oldham say the affidavit process makes the photo ID law meaningless.

New York University's Brennan Center for Justice estimated that 16,000 voters signed affidavits in Texas and noted that it would be difficult to prove voters intentionally tried to play the system. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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