Secretary of State Jane Nelson has refuted recent claims on social media that 1.2 million new voters have registered in Texas since the start of 2024.

“It is totally inaccurate that 1.2 million voters have registered to vote in Texas without a photo ID this year,” Nelson said in a press release yesterday. “The truth is our voter rolls have increased by 57,711 voters since the beginning of 2024. This is less than the number of people registered in the same timeframe in 2022 (about 65,000) and in 2020 (about 104,000).”

Nelson continued—clarifying what credentials are needed to register to vote in the state. “When Texans register to vote, they must provide a driver license number or a Social Security number. When an individual registers to vote with just a SSN, the state verifies that the SSN is authentic.”

However, Nelson admitted that the numbers reported on the Social Security Administration’s Help America Vote Verification (HAVV) website are incorrect and that the state is currently working to determine why that is.

The HAVV data on the SSA website shows 227,077 transactions for the week ending March 16 of this year in the state of Texas, ostensibly representing new voters who did not present a valid driver’s license during the voter registration process. The week ending March 30 shows 225,132 total transactions.

According to the HAVV website, “Total Transactions” means “The total number of verification requests made during the time period.”

Yet, reports that the Biden administration could be weaponizing the SSA system to allow illegal aliens to vote by giving them Social Security numbers are continuing to circulate on social media.

For example, radio talk show host Rogan O’Handley posed the following question on Tuesday: “Is the Biden regime weaponizing the Social Security Administration to hand out fake/temporary social security numbers to illegals and automatically registering them to vote in key swing states?”

Skeptics pointed out that Texas is not a swing state, and that voter registration figures posted regularly on the SOS website do not match the SSA’s HAVV transaction numbers.

“The SSA number is clearly incorrect, and we are working now to determine why there is such a large discrepancy,” wrote Nelson.

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.