Texas Voter ID Laws Ruled Discriminatory

By Cinde Weatherby, LWV Austin President and Texas LWV Voting & Elections Issue Chair

Texas voter id cropOn July 20, 2016, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas’ most restrictive-in-the-land Voter Photo ID discriminatory. Resulting ID requirement changes for the November 8 general election may not be fully known until August 17.

Learn what happened and what the judge’s plans are here.

Historical information on the Texas Voter Photo ID issue is posted on Cinde Weatherby’s LWV-TX Voting & Elections Blog http://www.lwvtexas.org/Voter_Rights_Election_Laws.html, where you will find:

  • LWV-Texas President Elaine Wiant’s statement on the ruling,
  • A Texas Tribune comprehensive history of the actions taken on the subject,
  • The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling, and
  • A brief overview of the ruling.

LWV Fall Kick-off Meeting

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This year, for the first time, we will conduct our fall kick-off meeting in conjunction with a few other organizations. With this collaboration, we have been able to obtain some nationally recognized speakers on this very timely topic. Please join us for an afternoon of information and collaboration.

Voting Rights
in Texas and Beyond

in Collaboration with the
UT Student Chapter and local Austin Chapter of the
American Constitution Society

 Sunday, September 18, 2016
1:30 Doors
2:00  Program
4:00 – 5:00 VDR Training for interested attendees

Admission is free. Open to the public.

LBJ School/Library
2300 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78712

Nationally Recognized Speakers:

Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida
Chad Dunn, Chief litigator for plaintiffs in the Texas Voter ID case
Cassandra Champion, Texas Civil Rights Project litigator on Texas Motor-Voter Act

For more information and to register, please click here
and fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

First-Time Voters Learn How to Vote

First time voter high school votersHundreds of high school juniors and seniors are registered and prepared to vote in the November 8 election as a result of the LWV Austin Area “First Vote” program. LWV volunteers presented the program to Travis, LBJ, Eastside and Crockett High Schools in the spring. Visits will continue in the fall. The presentation includes who can vote, registration, voting rights, identification requirements, polling locations, and ballot language.

For more details or to volunteer to help, contact 512-451-6710 or lwvaustin@lwvaustin.org.

First-time Voter


Voter Registration

LWV registered voters at the Fourth of July celebration in Dick Nichols Park.

LWV registered voters at the Fourth of July celebration in Dick Nichols Park.

Voter registration is one of the important things that the League of Women Voters does. We often go to events where groups of people are gathered to encourage people to register to vote or to update their registration. If you have moved within the county or within the state, an update to your address is required to ensure you are voting in the correct districts.

If you are holding an event where voter registration activities would be appropriate, please notify us and we will be happy to participate.