Voter registration restrictions back in place

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and AG Greg Abbott remain BFFs.

Still the only voter ID anyone should need

Texas won a stay Thursday of a federal court decision that had barred enforcement of the state’s toughened voter registration law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott described the development as a victory for voter integrity.

The state had asked the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans to stay an order barring enforcement of several provisions of a 2011 law regulating third-party voter registration activities. The plaintiff was a nonprofit that Abbott said was linked to “notorious for voter registration fraud.”

U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa of Texas previously ruled the law probably conflicted with federal rules and the Constitution, but the appeals court issued the stay pending appeal in a one-page order.

“The majority will assign reasons as soon as possible,” the judges said, with one dissent.

See here and here for some background. What reasons do they need? Abbott asks, they do, simple as that. It’s a good thing they didn’t get to rule on the voter ID or redistricting lawsuits. Texas Redistricting has more.

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