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Voter ID and Census Estimates: Thursday’s Show (March 31, 2016)

As the Texas Voter ID law heads back to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, new voting-related allegations have surfaced. A Harris County constable primary candidate who fell just short of a runoff alleges his opponent’s campaign illegally cast votes for senior citizens. Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit has been filed accusing Texas officials of violating the “motor voter” law […]

Online Voter Registration BannerAs the Texas Voter ID law heads back to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, new voting-related allegations have surfaced. A Harris County constable primary candidate who fell just short of a runoff alleges his opponent’s campaign illegally cast votes for senior citizens. Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit has been filed accusing Texas officials of violating the “motor voter” law by failing to automatically register voters when they renew or obtain driver’s licenses online.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn to Peter Linzer, a professor of law at the University of Houston, to walk us through some of these recent developments.Also this hour: Texas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016). Overall, the state added nearly half a million people. Greater Houston saw the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data collected from July 2014 to July 2015. We learn more about these latest census figures for the region and the state.

Then: Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected the life and world she knew. She shares that journey with us, and in her memoir Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home.

Plus: Veteran television director Michael Grossman’s credits include shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Firefly and Gilmore Girls. For the past three years, he’s taken breaks from directing to spend time on the University of Houston campus working with students hoping to make a career in television and film. He shares some of his experience and insight with Michael Hagerty.

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