State of Texas

Texas Voter Suppression Bill (Mi Familia Vota)

Mi Familia Vota v. Abbott

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Mi Familia Vota and three voters challenging the voter suppression law Senate Bill 1. The complaint challenges multiple provisions of S.B. 1 that the plaintiffs allege burden Texan voters, including: the ban on mobile early voting locations and drive thru voting; prohibiting the automatic mailing of mail-in ballot applications to eligible voters; additional ID and signature requirements for mail-in ballots; requirements for monthly purges of voter rolls; new obstacles for voters to receive assistance to vote absentee or in person; and the empowerment of partisan poll watchers, largely at the expense of voters of color who have historically faced intimidation at the polls. The suit argues that S.B. 1 poses an undue burden on the right to vote in violation of the First and 14th Amendments, purposely intends to limit minority voters’ access to the ballot box in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and disproportionately impacts voters with disabilities and limited language proficiencies in violation of Section 208 of the VRA and asks the court to prohibit the suppressive provisions from being enforced. The case was consolidated with four others challenging S.B. 1 and subsequently closed. All future filings can be found in La Union del Pueblo Entero v. Abbott.

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