Off the Kuff reports on the latest lawsuit over voting rights that Texas has lost. The issue concerned Malika Das, an Indian-American woman who wanted her son to help her at the poll in case she did not understand instructions in English. The precinct chair at her Williamson County polling station denied her the right to her son’s assistance based on an arcane Texas law that requires an interpreter to be registered in the same county as the voter. U.S. District Robert Pitman ruled that the law was in violation of the Voting Rights Act which guarantees voters the right to assistance in these circumstances. In addition to voiding the law, Pitman gave the State 7 days to provide “additional remedies” needed to protect the rights of limited-language voters. It will be interesting to see what the lawyers for the state come up with in this regard.
Red notes that Williamson County is GOP stronghold. Perhaps just a coincidence. Perhaps not.