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Federal Judge Rejects Texas AG's Request for Stay in Voter Registration Ruling


by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:51 PM CDT


Texas Voter Registration CardA federal judge today denied Greg Abbott's request to stay a court ruling that would have allowed Texas to enforce certain voter registration laws that are among the most restrictive in the country. Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña released the following statement:

"Greg Abbott is relentless in his pursuit to disenfranchise Texans. We're pleased that the court denied Abbott's request to make our state's voter registration laws the most restrictive in the country. It's shameful that Abbott and Texas Republicans are fighting to make it illegal to register eligible citizens. The focus of the state should be to encourage voter participation not to suppress it."

At issue in the court's ruling were a number of matters affecting the ability to register voters in Texas which apply to Volunteer Deputy Registrars. Among the restrictions that were lifted as a result of the case are the following.

  • Prohibition of completed voter applications from being mailed-in.

  • Prohibition of deputy voter registrars from registering voters in counties where the deputy voter registrar does not reside.

  • Requirement that voter registrars to be Texas residents.

  • Prohibition of the photocopying of voter registration cards.

  • Requirement of voter registrars to be paid hourly.

If you are in Travis County, sign up for a voter registration shift here.

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