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Texas officials settled lawsuit over bungled search for illegal votes that stoked Trump's false voter fraud claims

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  • Texas officials announced Friday that they settled a lawsuit over a probe that mistakenly targeted the citizenship status of 95,000 voters.
  • President Donald Trump previously stoked argument over Twitter when he cited the probe as evidence of widespread voter fraud. 
  • Texas Secretary of State David Whitley apologized in February for the misleading claim that tens of thousands of non-citizens were registered to vote.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials announced Friday that they settled a lawsuit over a bungled search for ineligible voters that President Donald Trump stoked over Twitter but that resulted in the US citizenship of thousands of people being wrongly called into question.

The agreement officially ends a botched scouring of Texas voter rolls that began in January and was beset by deeply flawed data. It identified nearly 100,000 potentially ineligible voters but wrongly captured naturalized citizens.

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