The judgment against the general law that attempts suppress the Latino and black vote in Texas, and that may affect his participation in the 2024 presidential elections, began this Monday in the Western District Court of that state.
The Institute Brennan Center for Justiceone of those who filed the lawsuit, explains that participating in next year’s elections will be difficult for those people who have poor command of English, who suffer from a disability or who have little advanced education.
In the judicial process, which occurs before Judge Xavier Rodríguez, the plaintiff groups claim that voters may not receive assistance to vote, either at a polling station or via mail.
On its website, it notes that Senate Bill SB 1, enacted in August 2021, attacks community and religious groups because it criminalizes nonpartisan voter participation activities as “vote harvesting.” Additionally, it notes that it “severely restricts election workers” by making it a felony for them to provide mail-in ballot applications to eligible voters who do not request them.
The rule, the Brennan Center alleges, also hinders the work of officials in charge of maintain order and prevent violence at the polls during the elections, since its authority will be limited to the actions of political party observers.
Finally, the institute added that advances are attacked in favor of voters in Harris County by prohibiting drive-up participation and 24-hour operation.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of La Unión Del Pueblo Entero, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Texas Impact, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, Texas Hispanics Organized for Political Education, Jolt Action, William C. Velasquez Institute , FIEL Houston Inc and election judge James Lewin.
The plaintiffs allege that Senate Bill 1 violates Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
In addition to the Brennan Center for Justice, the defense against the restriction of the Latino and black vote is made up of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
For June, data released by the United States Census Bureau noted that At least 40.2% of the population in Texas was Latino, a growth that the institute described as historic.
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