GALVESTON - A federal judge Tuesday refused to lift an order blocking enforcement of Texas laws that make voter registration drives difficult, but modified his order to allow counties to more easily track deputy voter registrars.
U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa refused a request by Secretary of State Hope Andrade that he stay a preliminary injunction issued Aug. 2 while the state appeals the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson is also a defendant.
Costa blocked enforcement of five provisions of Texas voter registration law in a lawsuit brought by two Galveston County residents and the nonprofit Voting for America, which claimed that Texas laws made it impossible to conduct voter registration drives. The preliminary injunction would remain in place until a trial to decide whether Texas laws violate the civil rights of the plaintiffs and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.