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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A group of individual African-American and Latino voters filed a motion this morning to intervene in the lawsuit brought by the State of Texas in D.C. federal district court to obtain preclearance of its voter ID law.

The state filed the suit last Monday after saying that its efforts to obtain administrative preclearance through the Justice Department had become bogged down.

The proposed intervenors include two voters who say they would be denied the right to vote because they do not have the required form of ID and lack the means to obtain such ID.  The intervenors also include State Representative Marc Veasey.

The proposed intervenors are represented by Gerry Hebert, who also represented State. Sen. Wendy Davis and State Rep. Marc Veasey in litigation over the state’s redistricting maps, and by Chad Dunn, who also serves as general counsel for the Texas Democratic Party.

It is expected that a number of other groups also may seek to intervene in the suit.

A copy of the proposed intervenors’ motion can be found here.

More on the three-judge panel assigned to hear the case here.