Court in TX Voter ID Case Grants DOJ Motion on Voter ID Education, Requires Preclearance of Materials

The plaintiffs in the Texas voter id litigation have been complaining that Texas has not properly alerted voters that for this election they can vote without one of the narrow forms of ID. The court has now issued this order, granting the US motion and denying the private plaintiffs’ motion. Among other things, the order requires Texas to show educational materials to plaintiffs before publicizing for possible objection–a type of preclearance. Wow.

From the order:

ORDERED that the State of Texas shall re-issue its press releases concerning voting to properly reflect the language in the Court’s Order Regarding Agreed Interim Plan for Elections (D.E. 895) in their respective titles or headings;

ORDERED that the State of Texas shall edit the poster to be printed and placed at polling locations to accurately reflect the language in the Court’s Order Regarding Agreed Interim Plan for Elections (D.E. 895);

ORDERED that the State of Texas shall provide to counsel for all Plaintiffs scripts and copy for documents and advertisements that have not yet been published for review and objection prior to publication;

ORDERED that the State of Texas shall edit digital materials on its website page(s) that address voting rights and procedures, including titles or headlines and FAQs to reflect that voters who “do not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment” may vote after signing the Reasonable Impediment Declaration;

ORDERED that all materials related to the education of voters, poll workers, and election officials that have not yet been published shall reflect the language of the Court’s prior Order (D.E. 895);

ORDERED that the State of Texas is not required to alter training materials that have already been published except as set out above

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