Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa today to stay his ruling barring enforcement of several key voter registration laws.
That ruling came yesterday in a suit filed in Galveston by Voting for America and temporarily blocked enforcement of provisions prohibiting non-residents from serving as deputy voter registrars and banning performance-based compensation for paid voter registrars. The ruling also allowed deputy voter registrars to register voters anywhere in the state and to return completed registration cards by mail.
In seeking the stay, Abbott told the court that its order had already caused “great confusion” and that “[a]n injunction of this kind and this close to the October 9, 2012 deadline for voter registration is certain to cause chaos among both the electorate and the county officials involved in the registration process, injecting even more confusion into an election season that has already seen its primaries significantly delayed.”
The state’s motion for a stay can be found here.