Victory! Court Saves Texas Voters from Purge

Court condemns Texas' ‘threatening correspondence’ and orders them to discontinue voter purge program

SAN ANTONIO, TX – In a decision filed today by the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, federal judge Fred Biery ordered the Texas Secretary of State to tell all counties to pause their planned voter purge. In the opinion, the court orders Texas “not to send any notice of examination letters nor remove voters from registration without prior approval of the Court.”

“This is a major victory for Texas voters,” said Danielle Lang, co-director, voting rights and redistricting at Campaign Legal Center (CLC). “The court rightly agreed with our argument that Texas threatened voter purge struck fear and anxiety into the hearts of voters. Texas unnecessarily targeted tens of thousands of people who were properly registered citizens, intimidating naturalized citizens from exercising their rights. Let this be a message to the rest of the country that states will face consequences when they threaten their citizens’ right to vote.”

CLC represented the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in the case. Visit our case page to learn more.