Civil rights and voting rights groups filed a motion asking for the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the merits of Texas’ appeal from a lower court ruling that the state’s voter ID law was passed with the intent to discriminate.
Plaintiffs respectfully submitted in the brief that since the U.S. Election Assistance Commission was split over the executive director's authority in the issue, it is time for the court to move forward and address the merits of the case.
A letter requesting personal information on U.S. voters threatens to violate individual privacy, and further justifies concerns that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was conceived to drive voter suppression efforts.
The legislation amends the state’s original strict law which had been struck down by multiple courts as racially discriminatory over years of litigation. It makes some advances while raising new concerns.