Texas Voter Suppression Law (DOJ)
United States v. Texas
Lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging Texas’ 2021 voter suppression bill, Senate Bill 1. Specifically, the DOJ challenges two provisions: First, it argues that new voter assistance requirements violate Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act by limiting how eligible voters can receive assistance when casting their vote and therefore making it harder for Texans to receive federally protected assistance at the ballot box. Second, it argues that strict rules that require the rejection of mail-in ballot applications and ballots for “immaterial errors or omissions” violate the Civil Rights Act, which ensures that such errors do not disqualify an otherwise eligible voter from being able to cast a ballot. The DOJ asks the court to block the enforcement of the two challenged provisions. The case was consolidated with other lawsuits challenging S.B. 1; the lead case is La Union del Pueblo Entero v. Abbott. All future filings and updates can be found on that case page.