P. 1
Texas Voting Rights Report

Texas Voting Rights Report

Ratings: (0)|Views: 1,332|Likes:
Published by Eric Nicholson
Texas Civil Rights Project issues report detailing the state's arcane voter registration system and suggesting solutions.
Texas Civil Rights Project issues report detailing the state's arcane voter registration system and suggesting solutions.

More info:

Published by: Eric Nicholson on Dec 16, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

10/01/2014

pdf

text

original

 
 
Democracy in Texas?
Texas' Faulty Voter Registration Procedures
December 2013
A
 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT FROM THE
T
EXAS
C
IVIL
IGHTS
P
ROJECT
 
 
 
C
REDITS AND
A
CKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
We are particularly indebted to Emily Pendleton who gave her time, effort, and skill, helping to research, oversee, and coordinate this report. This report also could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many TCRP volunteers and staff. We give each and all credit and thanks for their efforts: Gus Bunin Whitney Knox Maisie Kaiser Scott Jameson Lane Kazmierski Patricia Kelly Cooper Shear Amanda Hill David Chincanchan Michael Kurban Also, a special thanks goes out to other contributors with knowledge of matters in this report for their time and expertise, without which we could not have completed this report. Alex Canepa Janet Monteros Jacklyn Williams Bruce Elfant Dianne Wheeler Dee Lopez
T
EXAS
C
IVIL
IGHTS
P
ROJECT
 
Michael Tigar Human Rights Center 1405 Montopolis Drive Austin, TX 78741
Board of Directors
Pablo Almaguér, Roxann Chargois, Molly Gochman, Renato Ramirez, Leona Diener, Carlos Cárdenas, Chuck Herring, and Tom Gutting
www.texascivilrightsproject.org
(512) 474-5073 (phone) * (512) 474-0726 (fax) © Texas Civil Right Project, 2013 All Right Reserved
 
i
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 
I.
 
Introduction: Voting Registration Complaints
 – 
 Just the Tip of the Iceberg.. ............. 1 II.
 
Recommendations ..................................................................................................... 2 III.
 
Texas’
Long and Turbulent History of Racial Disenfranchisement ............................ 7 A.
 
Texas’ History
 .................................................................................................... 7 B.
 
The Voting Rights Act. ..................................................................................... 13 C.
 
The
Shelby County
 
v. Holder 
 Decision ............................................................... 17 IV.
 
Current Voter Registration Practices are Convoluted and Ineffective ...................... 20 The Department of Public Safety Registration .................................................... 21 V.
 
High School Administrators Disregard Responsibility to Register Students.............. 23 School District Survey Response Map ................................................................ 27 VI.
 
League of Women Voters: Dissatisfied with Cooperation from High Schools .......... 28 VII.
 
Elections Director: Keith Ingram ............................................................................. 31 A.
 
Summary of Interview........................................................................................ 31 B.
 
Follow-Up to Ingram Interview .......................................................................... 33 VIII.
 
Public Agencies Fail Their Duty to Provide Registration Assistance to Patrons ........ 35 A.
 
Public
 
Agencies
 
Have
 
Duty
 
to
 
Provide
 
Voter 
 
Registration
 
Assistance
 
to
 
Patrons ........................................................................................................... 35 B.
 
The Texas Election Code Mandates Specific Voter Registration Services by Designated Agencies ....................................................................... 35 C.
 
Additional Duties for DPS and Marriage License Offices ................................... 36 D.
 
Voter Registration Agencies Fail to Adhere to Duties Mandated  by the Texas Election Code ................................................................................ 37 E.
 
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) ...................................... 37 F.
 
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) .............................................. 37 G.
 
The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) .................... 38 H.
 
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) ............................................................. 38 I.
 
Marriage License Offices and Public Libraries ................................................... 39 J.
 
Conclusion ......................................................................................................... 39 IX.
 
Volunteer Deputy Registrars: Lacking in Uniformity and Haphazard ....................... 41

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->