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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Justice Department Sues Texas Over Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON. On Thursday, the Justice Department sued Texas over a new voting law, arguing the Republican move would disenfranchise non-English speaking Texans with disabilities, seniors, or living outside the United States.

The restrictions on voting in Texas, which took effect in September, include measures to prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters and to encourage the use of mail-order voting, as well as further restricting the use of mailboxes.

The Justice Department’s lawsuit appears to focus on the constraints that govern the types of assistance polling officers can offer voters, including translation and other assistance. The law establishes new civil and criminal penalties for polling station employees who break the rules.

“These vulnerable voters are already facing obstacles to the ballot box, and SB 1 will exacerbate the challenges they face in exercising their basic voting rights,” the Justice Department wrote in its lawsuit, citing the Texas Voting Bill.

Trey Martinez Fisher, the Texas state official who led the Democrats to flee the state in July in an attempt to delay the passage of the Republican voting bill and pressure the Senate into federal voting safeguards, praised the Justice Department for trying to block the law.

“It’s time,” said Mr. Martinez Fischer. “Texas is a model for suppressing voters in the country, and while we wait for the US Senate to pass the People Act, I think it’s important for the Justice Department to use all the tools that states like Texas have. “

This article will be updated.

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