PILF Client Inks Comprehensive Settlement in South Texas Voter Roll Suit

Agreement Outlines Maintenance, Training Reforms for Texas County

(McALLEN, TX.) – September 18, 2018: Public Interest Legal Foundation client American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) entered a settlement agreement outlining the most comprehensive strategy to date aimed at improving the quality of voter registration records, practices, and training for Starr County, Texas (ACRU v. Rodriguez et. al. 7:16-cv-00103).

Below is a summary of action items and new maintenance strategies agreed to by the parties as outlined in the agreement:

The lawsuit initiated in March 2016 after the ACRU notified Starr County pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act in December 2015 that it was apparently in violation of federal maintenance standards due to implausibly high numbers of voters in contrast to U.S. Census counts of citizens in residence there. Federal and Texas data suggested that from 2010 to 2014, the rate of registration ranged from 100 to 110 percent – very much outside of the norm for other Texas counties of similar size. Before commencing litigation, the ACRU and Starr County could not find an amicable strategy for remedying alleged voter list maintenance failures.

Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act provides parties like the ACRU the right file a lawsuit when they believe a jurisdiction is falling out of compliance with federal mandates. In the event of a judgment in favor or preferred settlement agreement, plaintiffs may seek necessary legal fees in return.

Access a copy of the settlement agreement here.

The settlement agreement provides that the parties will dismiss the Plaintiff’s claims. The dismissal was entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division. The case number is 7:16-cv-00103.

Eric Wiesehan and attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation represented the American Civil Rights Union for the duration of the case.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, the Foundation seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.