Texas Political Lobbyist Update: Supreme Court denies request to vacate stay in voter registration case.
The following is a digest of information found in a number of sources, primarily from TXRedistricting.org. The Texas Lobby Group is posting this digest as a public service to provide information to other Texas lobbyists, political activists and consultants, government agencies, and any other interest party.
On September 25th, the Supreme Court turned down a request by Project Vote to hear a Texas Voter Registration case. Project Vote had hoped that the Texas law for voter registration would be tried, but the court has not accepted. As the highest court in the country, there are many important issues and cases that cannot be tried or heard simply because there are not enough hours in the day. Many of the most famous and world-changing decisions are made by the Supreme Court. They try well over several hundred cases in a year. With many important issues at hand, it isn’t easy selecting what will be hear and what won’t be.
Many people argue that the issue of “Voter Fraud” is virtually non existent, and that laws for voter registration marginalize people who do not have access to the right documents or identification that is required to register under voter registration laws. Others worry that illegal residents can too easily cast their vote, without adequate restrictions. They are of the opinion that voter fraud often goes unreported because it is difficult to catch. This debate is currently ongoing and has been for quite some time. Project Vote hopes to challenge and cut down the current laws in Texas that they claim are discriminating against those who suffer economically.
Attorney General Greg Abbott said, ” “The Supreme Court’s rejection of Project Vote’s appeal is a victory for voter integrity and helps Texas prevent fraud in the voter-registration process. The partisan groups that challenged these laws were founded by and affiliated with ACORN – an organization that was notorious for voter-registration fraud. With this ruling, the court rejected these ACORN affiliates’ attempts to circumvent election integrity laws and helped ensure that Texans can have confidence in the integrity of their elections.”
The subject of Voter Fraud is a difficult one. Perhaps if it keeps bouncing around in state and federal courts, it will eventually be tried by the Supreme Court and a more permanent decision can be made. Only time and trial will tell.