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.
Along with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), TCRP filed a lawsuit to strike down an order adopted in January 2018 by Starr County, Texas banning political advocacy on county-owned property.
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”).
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.
Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Voto Latino and League of Women Voters of the Austin Area called on Texas officials take action to ensure compliance with Texas’s High School Voter Registration law after releasing an exhaustive report revealing that less than 6 percent of all Texas high schools even request voter registration applications from the Secretary of State in the fall of 2016.
Austin, TX — Today, a coalition of 8 Texas-based and national groups published a letter sent to the Texas Secretary of State calling on officials to enforce the state’s High School Voter Registration Law.