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Preventing voter fraud

Voter fraud may be easier to detect with some new government access.

Texas is asking the federal government to use its database so they can check the legal status of a person before they're allowed to vote.

Immigration lawyer Shilpa Shah says, "It contains the information basically of people that are here as immigrants. They could be lawful permanent residents. Anyone that might have an alien registration number is going to be in this database. And their immigration status is going to be known to the Department of Homeland Security. So this information is then going to be shared to states that are asking for permission to use SAVE."

They'd use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements or SAVE program to tell local officials whether a person is a green card holder or US citizen. Shah Says, "Like any database it's not always going to be 100% accurate. And so you might have some people who will turn up on this database as green card holders, when in fact, they could be US citizens. There's going to be some lag time. Especially if they're just now naturalizing. Which a lot of people are."

If the person doesn't appear to be a US citizen on the system, election administrators would cancel their voter registration and send them a letter.

Potter County Election Administrator Knoxie Mathes says, "This is to inform you that you have to be a US citizen to be a registered voter. And at this point, your voter registration has been canceled. If you have any questions, or if this is not the case. Contact our office. And we'll take care of it at that point."

Florida was recently granted access to this database. New Mexico, Arkansas, and Kansas are just a few of the states requesting it as well.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

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