Texas State Auditor Report 2007
A November 2007 state audit found more than 49,000 potentially ineligible voters on the rolls.
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office should improve its processes and controls to ensure that records in the Texas Election Administration Management (TEAM) system are accurate in accordance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).
Voter registration is an important element of the electoral process that presents many challenges. Ensuring that only eligible persons are registered to vote is an ongoing challenge that involves the Secretary of State’s Office, 254 county voter registration offices, the Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Although the Secretary of State’s Office has processes to identify many ineligible voters and remove them from the State’s voter registration list, improvements can be made.
Auditors compared data in the TEAM system to data obtained from the Department of Criminal Justice and the Bureau of Vital Statistics using criteria developed by the Secretary of State’s Office.
As a result, auditors identified 49,049 (0.4 percent) of 12,374,114 registered voters for the May 12, 2007, special election who may have been ineligible to vote.
These included the following:
- Voter records for 23,114 possible felons.
- Records for 23,576 voters who may be deceased.
- Duplicate records for 2,359 voters.
- [http://www.sao.state.tx.us/reports/main/08-012.pdf Report No. 0812 : An Audit Report on The Voter Registration System at
the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, November 2007].