Texas Secretary of State Resigns After Botched Voter Purge


Acting Texas Secretary of State David Whitley (R) resigned on Monday after his office wrongly questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 people, The Houston Chronicle reported.

The embattled official who oversaw the state’s elections penned a resignation letter to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who nominated him for the job in December.

“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 in the letter obtained by the newspaper. “And to have your trust in doing so goes beyond what I ever dreamed of as a kid growing up in a small South Texas community.”

Whitley was facing a Monday deadline to be confirmed by the Texas Senate or lose his job. The letter was sent shortly before the state Senate adjourned until 2021, The Chronicle reported.

Abbott will need to name a replacement who will likely not be confirmed until after the 2020 election.

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