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House Dems expand voter suppression probe to Kansas and Texas

Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Md.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Md.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The House Oversight Committee said Thursday it asked election officials in Texas and Kansas to turn over communications as part of the panel’s expanding investigation into allegations of voter suppression.

Details: This comes weeks after the panel submitted a similar request to officials in Georgia. Chairman Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jamie Raskin, both of whom are Democrats, are looking to review Texas’ rollout of an inaccurate list of 95,000 people on its voter rolls flagged as possible non-U.S. citizens and the state's plan to purge them. In Kansas, lawmakers are looking into a decision made last year to move the only polling site in a minority-heavy district to a location outside of the city limits — more than a mile away from the nearest bus stop.