Texas has just won the second (procedural) round in the fight over the state Legislature’s attempt to punish cities that implement sanctuary policies.
The court said that a stay was appropriate “while the court can consider arguments on the merits, [because it] will minimize confusion among both voters and trained election officials.”
The Texas governor and legislators are trying to protect their state’s residents from the reckless and irresponsible decisions being made by local jurisdictions.
Non-citizens are registering to vote under current federal law, as shown in documents submitted by the American Civil Rights Union to the U.S. Supreme Court in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission.The ACRU's brief asked the high court to hear arguments by Arizona and Kansas in defense of their request to the EAC to include a citizenship question on federal registration forms in those states.See forms. (PDF 3MB)
SANDERSON, TEXAS (March 30, 2015) U.S. District Judge Alia Moses rejected a motion by Zavala County officials to reject standing for the ACRU and to dismiss the case. The ACRU sued the county under the National Voter Registration Act for having more registered voters than age-eligible citizens.Read the order. (PDF 229 KB)
SANDERSON, TEXAS (Feb. 3, 2015) U.S. District Judge Alia Moses rejected a motion to deny ACRU standing in its lawsuit against the county for having more registered voters than age-eligible citizens.Read report. (PDF 200)
“If they don't clean up their rolls, they risk being sued.” - ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson
States have the constitutional prerogative to regulate early voting and same-day registration.
This entire case was based on hyperbolic fears about gun owners.
It looks as if Texas, the Justice Department, and all of the other parties involved in the challenge to the state’s voter ID law have worked out an interim settlement.