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Texas Attorney General Files Motion To Stay Ruling Forcing State To Ease Voter Registration

Ken Paxton contends the ruling entails “costly steps” and “extremely tight deadlines”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to stay a lower court’s decision ordering the state to change its voter registration procedures.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday his office has filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to stay a lower court’s decision ordering the state to change its voter registration procedures.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas violated the motor voter provision of the National Voter Registration Act by failing to automatically register voters who use the Department of Public Safety’s website for driver’s license renewal and change of address.

The ruling gave Texas 45 days to implement a new system and 14 days to devise a statewide public education plan to inform citizens about changes to the voter registration process. According to a news release from Paxton’s office, the potential cost is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The news release indicates that the motion filed by the Texas Attorney General explains the lower court’s ruling forces the state to “engage in unnecessary monitoring activities not required by federal law.”

Moreover, Paxton thinks that the lower court’s decision entails “costly steps” and “extremely tight deadlines” for Texas.

The motion also contends that the three individuals who sued Texas lack standing because they were already registered to vote at the time they filed their lawsuit, in March 2016.

“An emergency stay is necessary to maintain Texas’ current legislatively enacted voter registration procedures while the 5th Circuit reviews our case,” Paxton noted in the news release.

You can read the Texas Attorney General’s emergency motion here:

 

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