Texas Secretary of State resigns in wake of voter purge - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Texas Secretary of State resigns in wake of voter purge

Posted: Updated:

Texas - The resignation of Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade comes weeks after controversy over dead voters being purged from the state's database.

Texas' top election official will serve her last day in office on Friday. It will be up to Governor Rick Perry to appoint someone new to the position.

Two months ago around 80,000 voters across Texas were identified as possibly dead. As a result, over 6,000 voters were deemed ineligible.

Those voters received letters in the mail asking them to verify their voter status within 30 days or risk being purged from voter rolls.

But many of those voters were mistakenly linked with deceased individuals who shared their names and birthdays.

State lawmakers have already pledged to determine why so many voters were wrongly targeted.

Andrade's office has vigorously defended its actions in carrying out a state law meant to clean up voter lists.

They say this is not the reason for her resignation but instead, she was simply ready to leave the job.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Single car wreck kills one man

    Single car wreck kills one man

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:59:01 GMT
    One man is dead after a single car wreck on I-40.Police say Aaron Clay Crawford, 26, died after he was ejected from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.
    One man is dead after a single car wreck on I-40.Police say Aaron Clay Crawford, 26, died after he was ejected from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.
  • One dead after motorcycle wreck

    One dead after motorcycle wreck

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:58:14 GMT
    Around 3 p.m. Saturday, a man was pronounced dead after a wreck involving two motorcycles. Police say two men were traveling south on the Canyon E-way near the Hillside exit when one of the motorcycles stuck the back of a Toyota Camry. One male killed and the other motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital. Both the driver and the passenger in the Toyota were also taken to the hospital with minor injures.
    Around 3 p.m. Saturday, a man was pronounced dead after a wreck involving two motorcycles. Police say two men were traveling south on the Canyon E-way near the Hillside exit when one of the motorcycles stuck the back of a Toyota Camry. One male killed and the other motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital. Both the driver and the passenger in the Toyota were also taken to the hospital with minor injures.
  • Community helps support para-athletics in Amarillo

    Community helps support para-athletics in Amarillo

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:43:42 GMT
    Back in February we introduced you to Emilee Hibish, now a Senior at River Road High School. For years she was forced to sit on the side line watching her friends compete in sports because she was wheelchair bound. 
    Back in February we introduced you to Emilee Hibish, now a Senior at River Road High School. For years she was forced to sit on the side line watching her friends compete in sports because she was wheelchair bound.