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Voter Rights, Texas Broke Federal Law, again.

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Posted on April 04 2018

US Constitution stated in Amendment XV

    ratified by the states in 1870

    Section 1.

    • The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”


    Section 2.

    • The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
    Texas Ratified Amendment XV, on February 18, 1870

     National Voter Registration Act of 1993 

    Which reads in part;

    • also known as the "NVRA" and the "Motor Voter Act": to enhance voting opportunities for every American. The Act has made it easier for all Americans to register to vote and to maintain their registration.

    • An amendment in the Help America Vote Act of 2002 transferred the FEC's responsibilities under the Act to the Election Assistance Commission.

    Sec. 1973gg-3

    “Simultaneous application for voter registration and application for motor vehicle driver's license.”

     

    In 2016, the Texas Civil Rights Project filed suit, behalf of four Texans. All of whom said;

    • “they were denied the opportunity to cast a ballot because their voter registration had not been updated.”
    • “every time a Texan renews, updates or obtains a driver’s license, the motor-voter law requires the Department of Public Safety to offer to register that person to vote or — for voters already registered — to update registration records to reflect a change of address.

    • Defendants’ systemic and ongoing violations of the “Motor Voter” provisions of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”), enacted as Public Law 103-31 and codified at 52 U.S.C. §§ 20501-20511.
    • Defendants’ conduct also violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, preserved by Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
    • Plaintiffs, who are eligible Texas voters, have been disenfranchised — just like the thousands of similarly situated voters who complained to election officials about these same problems when their ballots were not counted.
    • Texas voters will continue to be shut out of the democratic process unless and until Defendants reform their registration practices.
    • After finding that “discriminatory and unfair registration laws and procedures can have a direct and damaging effect on voter participation,” and that state governments have a “duty” to promote voting and voter registration, Congress enacted the NVRA to “establish procedures that will increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office.” 52 U.S.C. § 20501.
    • Through its Motor Voter provisions, the NVRA imposes voter registration obligations upon state motor vehicle bureaus. Specifically, every time an eligible voter obtains, renews, or updates his or her driver’s license with the Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”), the State must simultaneously offer to register that person to vote or to update the voter’s registration record.

     

    February 2017:

    A federal judge has ordered sanctions against the state of Texas for repeatedly missing deadlines and flat out ignoring a court order. The Court ordered Paxton to to hand over thousands of pages of documents. Yet AG Paxton refused to comply. Texas AG Ken Paxton office’s “months-long delay” in producing the documents “has been disruptive, time consuming, cost consuming” and has burdened plaintiffs in the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.

     

    Maybe AG Paxton was otherwise preoccupied with his felony fraud indictments?

    It’s not like AG Paxton has delayed this criminal trial, oh wait...yes he has, three times. See 2015 Texas Security Exchange Order  re AG Ken Paxton. But I digress and I suppose that’s none of my business

    FYI, AG Paxton is now facing an additional ethics complaint surrounding his legal defense fund. Why do you folks in Texas keep electing him? No really why?

     

    March 30, 2018 Order:

    After  2+ years of litigation, late yesterday  Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia issued this 1 Page Order. Yes, the  Judicial Process can be painstakingly slow, but never underestimate the effort and determination of a few advocates. This order found that the the State of Texas violated the Federal “Motor Voter” Law.

     

     

    My question remains the same:

    Why do you keep re-electing Ken Paxton.

    And my closing thought, here’s Paxton’s 2015 mug shot.

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