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 Texas League of Young Voters filed an amended complaint today expanding its claims in the Texas voter ID litigation to include a non-race based claim under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The amended complaint said that in addition to discriminating on the basis of race, the Texas voter ID law “imposes severe, unconstitutional burdens on the right to vote of many Texas citizens, particularly those who are poor” and was “not justified by any legitimate, countervailing state interest” because it “targets a problem that does not exist in fact.”  

The League’s complaint previously only made claims under section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and under the race discrimination provisions of the 14th and 15th Amendments

The League’s amended complaint also added three students at Texas Southern University in Harris County as plaintiffs.

The Veasey plaintiffs, Mexican-American Legislative Caucus/NAACP plaintiifs, and the South Texas plaintiffs - who filed a separate suit last week - also are asserting non-race based claims under the 14th Amendment.