Texas Asks Fifth Circuit to Stay the U.S. District Court Ruling that Struck Down Restrictions on Voter Registration Drives

On August 16, Texas asked the Fifth Circuit to issue a stay in Voting for America v Andrade, 12-40914. On August 17, the voting rights organizations who had filed the lawsuit filed a brief, asking the Fifth Circuit not to issue a stay. The U.S. District Court had struck down several Texas restrictions on voter registration drives. Among the laws struck down was one making it illegal for anyone who doesn’t live in Texas to help register voters in Texas. Here is the state’s brief. Here is the opposing brief from the voter registration organization.

The Fifth Circuit is one of the circuits that has never ruled on in-state residency requirements for petition circulators or registration drive workers. The Fifth Circuit includes Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. None of those three states has ever barred out-of-state petition circulators. Circuits that have struck down in-state residency requirements for petitioners include the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. The Eighth Circuit has upheld them, at least in instances at which the plaintiffs couldn’t show real harm.

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  2. Jim Riley · · Reply

    On the photocopying claim, the district court ruled based on a federal law requiring that States maintain registration records for two years and make them available for photocopying at reasonable cost.

    This would suggest that the Volunteer Deputy Registrars are acting as State agents, and thus their records must be readily available for any Texas citizen interested in ensuring their compliance with the law. If they are not Texas residents, how can someone check up on them two years from now?

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