Today a federal judge in Galveston declined to allow the State of Texas to continue to suppress voters through restrictive voter registration laws that are the subject of a pending lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the laws violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
On August 2, federal judge Gregg Costa kept Texas from implementing laws that make it more difficult to register voters. But Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans are relentless in their pursuit to disenfranchise Texans. The State of Texas sought a stay of that ruling, which was denied today. Today’s decision prevents the State from enforcing these laws until a trial is held.
This is great news for anyone trying to register voters in advance of the November election. We’re pleased that the court denied Abbott’s request to make our state’s voter registration laws the most restrictive in the country. It’s shameful that Abbott and Texas Republicans are fighting to make it illegal to register eligible citizens. The focus of the state should be to encourage voter participation not to suppress it.
You can read more about the provisions at issue in this Austin American Statesman story.
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