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Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary and the Printing Museum: Thursday’s Show (Aug. 6, 2015)

Posted on · Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law, ruling the 2011 measure violates the Voting Rights Act. The decision sends the case back to a lower court, which will decide whether lawmakers intended to discriminate when they approved the measure. The ruling came down just a day shy of […]

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How Might Courts Rule Regarding the State’s Voter ID Law?

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was "compelling evidence" that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]

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Early Voting Begins with Voter ID Law Back in Effect

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state’s voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas […]

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In Some Races the Primary Election Might Be More Interesting Than the General Election

Posted on · Early voting begins this week for a March primary election which will determine the major party candidates for a number of statewide offices. While it’s clear who both Republicans and Democrats will put forward for Governor, the Lieutenant Governor’s race appears up for grabs. We learn about that and other offices for which the primary […]

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Are Thousands of Texas Voters Being Disenfranchised?

Posted on · A report by the Texas Civil Rights Project describes what the organization considers defective and inadequate voter registration procedures at both state and local levels. According to the report, these practices effectively disenfranchise thousands of Texans. There are seven bodies charged with registering people to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have enforcement […]


TX Senate Opens Public Debate, Prepares For Vote On Voter ID Law

Posted on · Public testimony gets underway today in the Texas Senate on a proposed law requiring voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls. Republicans say voter ID laws are needed to prevent fraud. Democrats contend it's a partisan move designed to increase GOP margins on Election Day. As David Pitman reports, voter impersonation does not appear to be a widespread problem in Texas.


Fire Destroys County’s Voting Machines

Posted on · Investigators are still trying to find out what caused an early morning fire that destroyed the Harris County Election Technology Center. That building contained all ten-thousand of the county's voting machines. That leaves election officials scrambling for answers with just a few months till the November election. Bill Stamps has more.