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Jul 29, 2019

Voting Rights: Texas Dodges Federal Oversight Of Election Laws

Texas escapes Voting Rights Act “Bail-In”: Even after several court decisions found that Texas was intentionally discriminating against voters of color, the state still managed to escape the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. Being placed under preclearance would by an acknowledgement of the state’s tendency to discriminate, and would require the state to get federal approval for election policy changes. But a three-judge panel last week declined a request to put Texas back under the preclearance process. The court cited a 2018 Supreme Court decision that upheld the interim legislative maps the state adopted after the 2011 maps were ruled to be intentionally discriminatory. Altogether, the new decision means that, for the first time in decades, Texas won’t have to get federal approval for the maps it draws in 2021; prior to the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County decision, it was covered under a separate VRA provision requiring preclearance. Dems sound alarm about Trump’s citizenship data power grab:…

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