Texas election officials have sent out letters to almost 77,000 voters asking them to verify they are still alive, a move that's part of a state law passed last year intended to crack down on voter fraud.
According to the Austin American-Statesman
, the law requires the Texas secretary of state's office to cross-reference its voter registration records with the Social Security Administration's death master file, which contains around 89 million records, to identify voters that could be deceased.
Elections officials said the Texas redistricting battle and a delayed primary prevented them from sending out the letters sooner. But they said voters who are in fact still alive will have 30 days to return the letters.
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