Austin, Texas — This week marks the beginning of the early voting period for the primary election in Texas, where candidates are on the ballot for local and statewide offices. The Election Protection Coalition will also be available to support voters on Election Day on March 6th.
Dallas, Texas — Yesterday, lawyers with Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) and Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) submitted a judicial complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against White Settlement municipal Judge Gary Ritchie for violations of state and federal law as well as the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.
Dallas, Texas — Tonight, the White Settlement City Council will discuss civil rights violations by Judge Gary Ritchie in the municipal court, two weeks after blowing through a deadline to meet with the Texas Civil Rights Project (‘TCRP”) and the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP”) about the violations observed by attorneys with the organizations.
Austin, Texas — In violation of the federal National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”), over 74,000 people with disabilities in Texas are not being offered voter registration services annually, according to a letter sent today to the Texas Workforce Commision (“TWC”) by the Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”), Disability Rights Texas (“DRTX”), and Norton Rose Fulbright on behalf of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (“CTD”).
Alamo, TX — Texas is home to both the second-highest number of noncitizen individuals and the second-highest number of veterans in the nation. Our state is also home to a high number of noncitizen veterans who have face or will face removal from the country they risked their lives serving, according to a new analysis released today by the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Today, the Texas Election Protection Coalition announces its nonpartisan effort to protect the vote in Texas and ensure that all eligible voters can register and cast a ballot that counts. The Coalition, made up of groups from across the state also strongly encourages eligible Texans to register to vote and call the dedicated hotlines if they encounter any problems.
Austin, TX — Yesterday afternoon, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an official, non-binding opinion stating that transporting students and administrators from schools to polling locations serves no “educational purpose” and is therefore unlawful. This outlandish notion — that traveling to polling locations to cast a ballot is not always, in and of itself, an educational purpose — is quite frankly, dangerous.
New Orleans, LA — Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project along with other legal and community allies are returning to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to present argument on Texas’ “show me your papers” law, SB4.