Advocacy groups mount legal attack against Texas’ new voter integrity bill

Texas has become the latest state targeted by various liberal groups who believe that Republican states passing new voter integrity bills are an attempt to suppress ballot access to minorities.

According to the Washington Examiner, a number of advocacy groups are now taking legal action against the state as Senate Bill 1 was successfully passed in the state legislature — a bill that will ensure that future elections are more secure and less prone to voter fraud. 

In what appears to be a legal collaboration, several voting rights groups took their complaints about Texas’ bill, which is expected to be signed soon, to a San Antonio-based federal court, where the plaintiffs asked a judge for help in countering the bill.

The complaint revealed that the groups requested “declaratory and injunctive relief to enforce the United States Constitution, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” and named Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) as defendants.

Liberal groups band together

The lawsuit revealed that a number of voting rights groups teamed up in the effort to kill or stall the bill, including Mexican American Legal Defense (MALDEF), Educational Fund, and the Brennan Center for Justice.

All of the groups fighting back against the passage of the bill echo each other in claiming that S.B. 1 is a blatant violation as it makes it more difficult for minority voters to cast their vote — a common attack point that has played out by similar groups in other Republican-led states that have passed such legislation.

“By law, the citizens of Texas all have the same right to vote, regardless of race or disability. But with S.B. 1, the Legislature is undermining equal access to the ballot box,” Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice said.

MALDEF vice president of litigation Nina Perales added: “S.B. 1 will reduce voter participation and discriminate on the basis of race, and for those reasons, it should be struck down in court.”

What’s next?

Depending on if the aforementioned groups have any level of success in stopping the bill at the federal court level, Gov. Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future. He made his intentions clear on Aug. 31.

“I look forward to signing Senate Bill 1 into law, ensuring election integrity in Texas,” Abbott said at the time.

The legislation will not only put the brakes on a number of questionable, last-minute COVID-19 pandemic voting rules, but it will also provide extended power to partisan poll watchers so that both sides of the aisle can have greater oversight into making sure that ballots are legally and properly handled and counted.

Senate Bill 1 is a critically important bill that will ensure future elections don’t result in the same chaotic aftermath as what took place following the 2020 election, and it’s clear that liberal advocacy groups are scared of honest elections, as they continue to resort to pulling the race card due to the lack of any sound arguments against such bills.

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