Democratic groups sue Texas over rejected voter applications

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The Texas Democratic Party and the Democratic campaign arms of both the U.S. House and Senate allege that Texas violated federal and state voting laws, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Those groups sued the state on Monday in response to a Texas Secretary of State’s Office instruction to county registrars to toss 2,400 voter registration applications five days before the deadline to register for the 2018 midterm elections, the newspaper reported.

Those applications had been collected and submitted through Vote.org, but the secretary of state’s office said they were not valid because signatures were submitted digitally. The Star-Telegram pointed out that Texas is one of just 13 states that doesn’t allow online registration.

Then-Secretary of State Rolando Pablos said at the time that “any web site that misleadingly claims to assist voters in registering to vote online by simply submitting a digital signature is not authorized to do so.”

The lawsuit argues that rejecting those applications not only misapplies the Texas Election Code, but also violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments and the Civil Rights Act by imposing “an undue burden on the right to vote,” the Star-Telegram reported.

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