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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Voting for America’s reply to the State of Texas’ request to have Judge Costa stay his voter registration ruling can be found here.

The court has scheduled a hearing on the stay request for Wednesday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m.

From the reply:

[The State of Texas] wholly fails to articulate what difficulty arises from allowing voting organizations to use perforamance-based metrics, photocopy completed voter registration applications, submit the applications by mail, or operate in multiple counties.  To the extent that out-of-state canvassers cause an increased administrative burden on counties to accept and process VDR applications, the burden is slight.  Moreover, two of the provisions - the Compensation Prohibition and the In-State Restriction - are only recent policy interpretations.

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UPDATE- August 14:  Judge Costa has denied the State of Texas’ request for a stay.  The court’s ruling can be found here.