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Voter I.D.

Hays County officials had only scheduled three days early voting at Texas State University, despite wait times as long as three hours. The Texas Civil Rights Project alleges voter suppression. Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to discuss the issue. Then, Leah Aden of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund joins us to talk about a 1979 case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court claiming students were not residents and should not be allowed to vote (8:30). And finally, producer Tim Smith discusses her documentary, "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook."


Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio

Updated 4 p.m.

Early voting for Texas’s March 6 primary starts Tuesday.

The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during Presidential election years, the stakes are high.

Thirty six states, including Texas, are voting for governor in 2018. Midterms are especially significant for the U.S. and Texas House of Representatives, since their terms are just two years long.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The winners won’t be decided until November. Tuesday, is the first day of early voting for Texas’ midterm primary election.


From Texas Standard.

Conflict over Texas’ voter ID law was in the courts for most of last year, and 2018 will probably be no different. The state’s restrictive voter ID law, passed in 2011, has been found by courts to have been crafted with discriminatory intent. Now it’s up to a three-judge panel to decide, among other things, whether Texas’ new law, designed to fix problems with the old law, goes far enough. 

Federal Judge Tosses Out Texas Voter ID Law

Aug 23, 2017

A federal judge in Texas has again thrown out the state's controversial voter ID law, which required voters to show one of several approved forms of photo ID to cast a ballot.

From Texas Standard:

The 2011 Texas voter ID law was one of the strictest such laws in the nation. It required Texans to show one of seven approved forms of photo identification to vote.

Groups suing Texas over its political maps are asking a federal court to block the state's current congressional boundaries ahead of the November 2018 elections.

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Despite Texas' efforts to educate the public on its controversial voter ID laws, the state's voter registration and participation remains among the lowest in the country.  

Vice President Pence has yet to begin a promised investigation into allegations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally in November. But that hasn't stopped state lawmakers from taking action they say would limit voter fraud, even though the president's claims have been widely discredited.

Legislation to tighten voter ID and other requirements has already been introduced in about half the states this year. And in statehouse after statehouse, the debate has had a familiar ring.

This post has been updated

The Department of Justice is reversing the federal government's position in an important voting rights case, involving a Texas voter ID law. The switch was not unexpected following the election of Donald Trump and confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Both Trump and Sessions claim voter fraud is a major problem and have backed voter ID laws.

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