State of Texas

Texas Voter Suppression Law (Texas NAACP)

Texas State Conference of the NAACP v. Abbott

Lawsuit filed in state court on behalf of the Texas State Conference of the NAACP, Common Cause Texas, various election officials and an individual voter challenging the Texas voter suppression law Senate Bill 1. The petition argues that the restrictions on early voting, ban of drop boxes and drive-thru voting, restriction on election officials promoting vote by mail, expanded power of partisan poll watchers and strict guidelines for accepting mail-in ballot applications and ballots violate multiple provisions of the Texas Constitution because they were enacted with a discriminatory intent and burden the right to vote for all Texas voters, but particularly voters of color. On Dec. 15, 2022, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was dismissed as defendant.

On Feb. 1, 2022, the court denied the state defendants’ as well as the Republican intervenors’ motions to dismiss the lawsuit, thereby allowing the case to move forward. The state defendants appealed this decision to the Texas Court of Appeals. Litigation is ongoing.

STATUS: A decision awaits from the Texas Court of Appeals on whether to affirm or reverse the lower court’s denial of the state defendants motion to dismiss the lawsuit and allow litigation to continue.

Case Documents (trial court)

Case Documents (tx court of appeals)

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