State of Texas

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Vote.org v. Callanen

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Vote.org against multiple Texas counties challenging the state’s “wet signature” law that requires individuals who submit their registration applications electronically or through fax to also provide a copy of their application with his or her original signature — meaning signed with pen on paper. The complaint argues that this law unduly burdens the right to vote and targets voting advocacy groups such as Vote.org in violation of the First and 14th Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and asks the court to prohibit its enforcement. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and two counties, Medina and Real, filed motions to intervene in the case. The court granted the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and granted a permanent injunction blocking the wet signature law, holding that the state “may not require a voter registrant who submits a voter registration form by telephonic facsimile machine to also provide a copy of the original registration application containing the voter’s original signature.” This decision was appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 5th Circuit granted the appellants’ emergency motion to pause the district court’s injunction pending appeal, thereby reinstating the wet signature law in the interim. Litigation before the 5th Circuit is ongoing.

Case Documents (district Court)

Case Documents (5th circuit)

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