TEXAS REDISTRICTING & ELECTION LAW

Updates about ongoing redistricting litigation in the Lone Star State and coverage of election law more generally. This website's goal is to try to make sure the redistricting process and litigation over voting law is as transparent and accessible as possible to the public. Hopefully, it will be of some use to a broad range of interested parties, both lawyers and non-lawyers. Have questions, comments, suggestions, additional content, or a redistricting joke (or two)? Feel free to contact me: Michael Li, michael.li@mlilaw.com, 202.681.0641.
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The Department of Justice has told the State of Texas that it does not have sufficient information to reach a decision about whether to pre-clear the state’s new photo voter ID law under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Here’s the DOJ’s letter:

http://tinyurl.com/3dh3qho

Among other items, the letter asks for more information on the efforts the state will take to educate voters about the new law and detailed information on the ethnicity of the more than 605,000 registered Texas voters who do not have a driver’s license.

The letter also asks for information about the locations where voters without a photo ID will be able to obtain a free voter ID and about the administrative guidelines the state proposes to issue.

Once the state provides the requested information, the DOJ will have another sixty days to consider the law.