Texas Spent Over $2M Defending Discriminatory Voter ID Law, Redistricting Plan

The state of Texas spent over $2 million defending its voter ID law and its redistricting plan, both of which were declared discriminatory by separate panels of federal judges, the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.

The voter ID case has cost Texas $704,860.67 in office expenses and $471,719.59 for outside counsel, while the redistricting case cost $386,583.18 in office expenses, $386,083 in outside counsel and $138,099.99 for expert witnesses. The costs of both legal battles will continue to grow, as Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced he’s taking the fight to the Supreme Court.