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Harris County and Justice Department Battle Over Claims of ADA Non-Compliance at Polling Places

Posted on · Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department sued Harris County, alleging the county hasn’t taken enough steps to make polling places more accessible to voters with disabilities, citing — among other things — architectural barriers at some locations. The suit seeks a court order to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the […]

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Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Posted on · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday (July 20, 2016) ruled the state’s voter ID law is discriminatory, and violates the Voting Rights Act. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because this is not the first time a federal court has found flaws with the Texas law — it’s actually the fourth […]

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Revisiting Debate Over Texas Voter ID Law

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast a […]

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Is the Texas Voter ID Law Ultimately Headed to the Supreme Court?

Posted on · 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 […]

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There Are More Races Than Just President on the Texas Super Tuesday Ballot

Posted on · The remaining Republican presidential candidates face off in a televised debate tonight (Feb. 25, 2016) at the University of Houston. It’s the final debate before Super Tuesday, when Texas — and 11 other states and one U.S. territory — go to the polls in their primary elections or caucuses. But the presidential race isn’t the […]

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Are Houstonians Less Likely to Vote Than Other Americans?

Posted on · This morning NPR’s Morning Edition examined voter anxiety in this election year, and what’s fueling it. We explore what potentially sets voter attitudes in Greater Houston apart from other communities — voter apathy. While voter turnout is typically lower in off-year elections, even with controversial issues and a mayoral campaign, last fall’s election turnout was, to […]

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Why Do So Many Test Cases from Texas End Up at the Supreme Court?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court last week (Dec. 8 and 9, 2015) heard oral arguments in two cases that stem from Texas. One, Evenwel v. Abbott, deals with how legislative districts are drawn – and it could have a profound effect on future elections. The other, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, deals with affirmative […]