Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted testimony in the House Elections Committee opposing Senate Bill 1340. The bill has numerous harmful provisions but if enacted, S.B. 1340 would codify flawed voter-registration and list-maintenance procedures, including reliance on the disbanded and discredited Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, that are known to burden naturalized citizens, who are predominately Hispanic and Asian in Texas, and Black voters. S.B. 1340 also likely violates at least two separate provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”) of 1993, in addition to raising serious concerns under the First, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Twenty-Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Moreover, S.B. 1340’s provisions serve no legitimate, non-discriminatory purpose.
Read our full testimony here.
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