A federal court has dismissed the suit filed by the Texas Democratic Party and others to restore the single-punch, straight-party option for the general election. The court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing.
“Plaintiffs filed this lawsuit premised on their predicted effects of a forthcoming Texas elections law, which they claim will cause a series of events at polling places, ultimately resulting in their injuries,” wrote federal District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, an appointee of President Obama. “The Court finds that Plaintiffs’ injuries are not certainly impending and fail to satisfy” the standards under Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
Standing under Article III requires demonstration of an injury in fact that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct and is likely to redressed by a favorable decision. The Court found that the injuries claimed by the Plaintiffs “are premised on numerous predicated ‘effects’” of eliminating single-punch voting and “hinge on decisions of third parties” such as voters and county election officials “who are not before the Court.”
In a statement, Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) applauded the decision. “Nothing is more vital to preserving our Constitution and the rule of law than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas,” he said.
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