State of Texas

Texas Voter Suppression Bill (OCA-Greater Houston)

OCA-Greater Houston v. Esparza

Lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Texas Civil Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Disability Rights Texas on behalf of OCA-Greater Houston, League of Women Voters of Texas, REVUP-Texas, Texas Organizing Project and Workers Defense Action Fund challenging the state’s voter suppression legislation, Senate Bill 1. As the lawsuit was filed before S.B. 1 is signed into law, the suit seeks to block S.B. 1 before it becomes law and goes into effect. The suit challenges multiple provisions of S.B. 1: strict ID requirements for mail-in ballots, a restriction on providing assistance to voters who need help completing or returning their ballots and ballot collection ban. The suit argues that these provisions violate the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1st and Fourteenth Amendments by intentionally making it difficult for voters of color, voters with limited English proficiencies and voters with disabilities to cast a ballot.

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