Voter ID Ruling and Other Election News for April 10

Voter ID: “A discriminatory purpose was at least one of the substantial or motivating factors behind passage” of the state’s Voter ID law, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled. Ramos previously came to the same conclusion, but a divided Fifth Circuit Court...

Election News for April 3

Voter ID: U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that any changes made to the state’s Voter ID law this year will have no effect on the trial to determine whether it was originally passed with discriminatory intent. “The claim is not, and will not be, moot as...

Election News for March 27

Voter ID: By a nearly party-line 21-10 vote, the Senate gave its preliminary approval today (Monday) to a bill to update the state’s Voter ID law. Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) was the only Democrat to vote for the bill, joining the chamber’s 20 Republicans....

Election News for March 13

Voter ID: The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill updating the state’s Voter ID law consistent with last year’s court ruling. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) largely codifies a court-ordered process by which voters with a...

Election News for February 28

Voter ID: Following a roughly three-hour hearing today in Corpus Christi, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered attorneys to file more briefs focused on how legislative proposals (Senate Bill 5, House Bill 2481) would affect the court case. Plaintiffs...

Voter ID Reversal and Election News for February 27

Voter ID: As many expected, the U.S. Dept. of Justice has reversed its prior participation in the years-long litigation over the state’s Voter ID bill and “will not pursue its purpose claim at this time.” Further, DoJ asks the court to grant “voluntary dismissal of...

Election News for February 22

Voter ID: Attorney General Ken Paxton and the U.S. Dept. of Justice asked federal judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to delay next week’s trial on discriminatory effect until after June 18, the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to veto legislation. SD8: The Dallas Morning News’s...

Huffman Files Voter ID Fix

Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, filed Senate Bill 5 to update the state’s Voter ID law. The chamber’s other 19 Republican are listed as co-authors. The bill would largely codify the “reasonable impediment” declaration that...

Election News for February 19

Voter ID: According to an Associated Press report, “hundreds” of Texans improperly cast ballots in November by signing a sworn statement falsely claiming they did not possess a required photo identification. The AP’s analysis of “roughly 13,500 affidavits submitted in...

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Voter ID Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take the state’s appeal (pdf) of a lower court ruling invalidating portions of the Voter ID law enacted in 2011. Chief Justice John Roberts indicated the state could pursue an appeal “after entry of final judgment.” A federal court...