HD105: The final vote count shows Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) defeating Terry Meza by 64 votes. A recount will be conducted on November 28.

Voter ID: The U.S. Dept. of Justice argued in a new filing that “discriminatory impact was not merely an unintended consequence” of the state’s voter ID law, but was “in part” its purpose. AG Ken Paxton countered that plaintiffs’ “treasure trove of privileged legislative material … could proffer no evidence that any legislator harbored even a private intention to disenfranchise minority voters … much less that the full Legislature enacted the law for the purpose of discriminating on the basis of race.” Reply briefs are due December 16, and oral arguments in the case of Veasey v. Abbott are scheduled to begin January 24 in the court of Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. Meanwhile, Paxton’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court remains pending.

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