Posted by on August 08, 2012 in Blog

Last week brought another victory for opponents of Texas’ controversial voting rights law, as a federal judge in Galveston struck down new voter registration regulations on Thursday.

The voting law was passed last year by the Texas legislature, and has since faced opposition from the federal government. The Department of Justice blocked the law’s provision requiring voter ID in March, and a D.C. federal court is now considering the Texas lawsuit against the DOJ that followed. Opponents of the law cite statistics from the Brennan Center for Justice that show voter IDs negatively and disproportionately impact minority voters.

Now, U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa has blocked other key provisions of the law, which would make it more difficult for organizations to register voters and hold registration drives. The ruling forbids Texas from requiring that voter registrars be residents of Texas and preventing registrars from registering voters outside of their own counties. The law would have made it impossible for national, non-partisan organizations like Voting for America or the League of Women Voters to hold voter registration drives.

Studies show that this restriction also impacts minority and economically disadvantaged voters to a much greater extent, as many such communities rely on voter registration drives held in their neighborhoods. For more information on the threats against voting rights across the country, click here.

AAI will continue to keep you updated on voting rights in Texas, and be sure to send us stories about your voter registration and election-related efforts.

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