The Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Texas Attorney General’s office have been defending in district court a recently passed election integrity measure that ensures voters register to vote at their home address. The case, Texas State LULAC v. Paxton, is now at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which just announced that the case will be argued on October 6th. TPPF represents election administrators in Medina and Real Counties.
The law, S.B. 1111, ensures that Texans are voting in the correct precinct where they actually reside. For example, the law requires voters that were using non-residential addresses, such as post office boxes, for voter registration to prove they live in the precinct. Voters also cannot use an address they’ve never lived at, such as a business address, or use a previous residence for registration purposes.
“Ensuring voter eligibility is essential to the validity of election results,” said TPPF’s General Counsel Robert Henneke. “Each ineligible vote counted nullifies an eligible voter’s vote, and Texas should do everything in its power to make sure that never happens.”
An overwhelming majority of Texans support voter eligibility and identification requirements. A statewide poll conducted for TPPF during the debate over S.B. 1111 and other election integrity reforms showed nearly 9 out of 10 Texans support efforts to make sure voter rolls are accurate.
TPPF will argue its case alongside the Texas Attorney General’s office on October 6th in New Orleans, Louisiana—just five days before the registration deadline for the November 2022 election in Texas.