The latest on what we’re doing and what we’re paying attention to.
From ReThink Democracy, a rundown of all the good news for democracy over the past week.
From the Texas Tribune:
Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from having discriminated against minority voters in 2011, and courts should not take further action in a battle over the state’s old voter ID law, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice argued in a legal filing Wednesday.
“Texas’s voter ID law both guarantees to Texas voters the opportunity to cast an in-person ballot and protects the integrity of Texas’s elections,” the filing stated.
Federal lawyers were referring to Senate Bill 5, which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last month.
Yet another reminder that the true intent – and effect – of Texas’ restrictive voting laws is to disenfranchise voters:
Voting in Texas was plagued by long lines, issues with registration and voter ID, and intimidation, hitting blacks and Latinos hardest, a new report finds.
Released Thursday by the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), the report underscores how Texas voters face challenges that go well beyond the voter ID law that has generated national attention.
When academics writing for the Washington Post recently investigated the impact of voter identification laws nationwide, they confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: Voter ID laws suppress minority voting. That’s why we were alarmed yesterday to learn that the Justice Department has now changed course regarding one of the most restrictive state voter ID laws in years.
“At least 16,400 Texans who voted in the November election wouldn’t have been able to cast ballots if the state’s voter identification law had been in full effect, state voting records show.” This report from the Austin American-Statesman is a chilling reminder of what experts agree is the true intent of such laws: disenfranchising voters.
“Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the volume of the declarations validates the concerns that the law’s opponents raised.
We’re extremely proud to announce that we’ve passed the milestone of 3 million voters registered since our founding in 2004.
This week has brought two great pieces of news for voting rights and the Rising American Electorate.
Just this afternoon, the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Texas’s voter ID law, the strictest in the nation, is racially discriminatory in effect and, thus, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re mailing more than 4 million registration applications in March to prospective voters in 20 states, spanning coast to coast. In partnership with key national allies, we’re helping unregistered eligible voters participate in our democracy.
“There are about 53 million people of color, unmarried women, and millennials who are not currently registered to vote,” said Page Gardner, our president and CEO.
The Rising American Electorate is poised to play a major role in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses. Learn more at the Voter Participation Data Center.