Lawsuit To Stop TX Voter Suppression Law Via 14th Amendment Revealed

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Donald Trump, the ex-president who was impeached twice and never won the popular vote, inarguably committed a grievous harm to the United States with his refusal to accept his loss in the 2020 president election to President Joe Biden, who beat him by 80,000,000+ votes, or 74 electoral college votes. The latest harm caused by that Big Lie are the new voter restriction laws in states like Texas, where a new Senate Bill 1 was enacted purportedly by Trump-supporting politicians to combat voter fraud, but no such voter fraud has been found and the bill largely just restricts voting.

The result of that lawsuit for the people of Texas has inspired a number of lawsuits seeking to overturn the law. On Monday, yet another group Mi Familia Vota, along with three individual voters, challenges Senate Bill 1 in the sixth lawsuit against the legislation, saying it causes an undue burden on voters on their right to vote.

‘The complaint, filed on behalf of Mi Familia Vota and three voters, argues that S.B. 1 poses an undue burden on the right to vote in violation of the First and 14th Amendments, purposely intends to limit minority voters’ access to the ballot box in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and disproportionately impacts voters with disabilities and limited language proficiencies in violation of Section 208 of the VRA. The suit asks the court to prohibit the suppressive provisions from being enforced.’

The Texans who will statistically be most affected by the new laws are voters of color. As a result, groups like LULAC Texas, Houston Justice, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP, La Union del Pueblo Entero, the OCA-Greater Houston, and Vote.org have all filed lawsuits prior to the one by Mi Familia Vote.

The lawsuit challenges multiple provisions of S.B. 1 that the plaintiffs allege burden Texan voters, including: a ban on mobile early voting locations and drive thru voting; prohibiting the automatic sending of mail-in ballot applications to eligible voters; additional ID and signature requirements for mail-in ballots; requirements for monthly purges of voter rolls; new obstacles for voters to receive assistance to vote absentee or in person; and the empowerment of partisan poll watchers.

As the lawsuit winds its way up to the Supreme Court, voters of color wait to find out if they and their families will be protected from discrimination at the voting booth. It is a fight that has continued for far too long and the rules about who can vote and who cannot should never prohibit a single voter from casting a ballot.

‘The complaint argues that S.B. 1 “is a calculated effort to disenfranchise voters” and particularly seeks to turn the tide of growing minority participation in the state’s voting process by targeting “voting methods that Latino, Black, and other voters of color used in record numbers in the most recent election.”’