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Mon May 11, 2020, 07:17 PM

Lawsuit seeks to block Texas vote-by-mail restriction

Opening a new front in the legal battle to expand voting by mail in Texas, a federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks to block a handful of state regulations described as onerous and detrimental to voting rights.

The lawsuit, filed in San Antonio by civil rights groups and five voters, argues that the regulations will keep many Texans from voting or having their ballots counted during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Should these provisions remain in effect come November, many Texans will suffer the loss of their right to vote, a right they will never be able to recover,” the lawsuit said.

The petition asks a federal judge to block four restrictions for mail-in voting:

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20200511/lawsuit-seeks-to-block-texas-vote-by-mail-restrictions

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Mon May 11, 2020, 07:53 PM

1. STATEMENT FROM MARC ELIAS:New Texas Voting Rights Lawsuit

The Texas Civil Rights Project has another lawsuit pending on signature mismatchers
New Texas Voting Rights Lawsuit

We just filed another Four Pillars case–this time in Texas.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — You might recall that we are already suing Texas for its many burdens on voting rights, including its unequal standard of who is eligible for a no-excuse absentee ballot and prohibition against accepting electronically signed voter registration applications. However, as we saw in Wisconsin’s April primary election, being able to vote absentee and have your ballot counted is critical.

Today we sued, sponsored by the National Redistricting Foundation, on behalf of Voto Latino, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters. This lawsuit aims to ensure that Texans are not only eligible to vote by mail but are able to have their vote cast and counted. We are suing Texas on all Four Pillars, challenging the State’s:

1. Postage tax that requires voters to pay for postage on absentee ballots;
2. Ballot Receipt Deadline that requires ballots be postmarked by 7:00pm on Election Day and received by 5:00pm the day after Election Day;
3. Signature Match Requirement that lacks training and uniform standards, and gives voters no opportunity to cure a signature mismatch; and
4. Voter Assistance Ban that criminalizes third parties from assisting voters in mailing their absentee ballots.

These cases are more important now than ever because of the unforeseen burdens coronavirus is putting on states and their voting systems. I wish I could say that the hard work is done in fighting voter suppression for 2020. However, in many ways, the fight has just begun. State legislatures are considering new voting laws that will suppress the vote. Texas’s Attorney General has repeatedly publicly threatened voters with criminal prosecution, should they apply for a mail-in ballot because of fears about contracting or spreading COVID-19. And as we saw last week, the RNC and Trump doubled their legal budget to $20 million just to fight our lawsuits.

I can assure you that we will not sit by and let Republican election officials disenfranchise voters in a cynical effort to win elections at all costs. I expect to file several additional Four Pillars cases in the coming weeks and months, all aimed at protecting the right of voters to participate in elections and have their votes counted.
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