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MALDEF Sues Bexar County Over Outdated Voter ID Signs And Rules At Polling Locations

Ryan Poppe

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a lawsuit challenging Bexar County’s use of outdated Voter ID signs in polling locations and use of election officials turning away eligible voters.

MALDEF alleges that Bexar County has posted and announced false and unauthorized voter ID requirements in early voting polling places throughout the county.   The group’s Nina Perales says they are asking a state judge to remove all illegal voter ID materials from polling locations as well as from the county’s website and voter hotline.

Earlier this summer a federal appeals court struck down Texas’ 2011 Voter ID law, saying that the provisions violated the US Voting Rights Act.  The federal order required that Texas expand its list of acceptable IDs, include a provision that allows for voting without a photo ID and create new signs for polling places to inform voters of the new requirements.